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Version checking (was Re: 25 tbreg relays in directory)

--- On Tue, 4/28/09, Scott Bennett <bennett@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> From: Scott Bennett <bennett@xxxxxxxxxx>
> Subject: Re: 25 tbreg relays in directory
> To: or-talk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Date: Tuesday, April 28, 2009, 12:57 AM
[cut for clarity]
>      That brings up something that has bothered me for a
> long time.  When
> tor discovers that its version doesn't match any in
> either client-versions
> or server-versions, it currently writes complaints about it
> to the log(s),
> but seems to do nothing further about it.  I'd like to
> see either of the
> following.
> 	a) Addition of three lines to the consensus documents to
> prevent use
> 	   of unsafe versions of tor
[etc...cut for clarity]
I also agree that there should be version checking, i didn't even know it wasn't done so already... :(
I would furthermore suggest to build a version fingerprint that uses some remotely calculated CRC value of the client.
My reason for that is to prevent the tor network to be poluted by specialy "tweaked/altered" versions, which might endanger the security of the whole network.
(Let your imagination do a free run on possibilities in such cases).
By "remotely calculated CRC-value of the client" i mean that the destination does the CRC calculation of the connecting client.
Yes this means the client needs to send all of its binary-self to the destination.
After this CRC-value has been calculated _once_ by a destination, that destination should announce the presence of the client to the whole network if its a valid client (not matter in what mode it runs).
These CRC-values could be centrally maintained by the tor-development center and made accessible public or by a hidden service.

IMHO, this kind of "login procedure to enter the tor-network" will make it more secure and manageable.
Again, i have _no_ idea at present how the tor program handles things at present, so if its already done like that or even better just disregard what i wrote :D