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Re: [tor-talk] facebookcorewwwi on brief hiatus

carlo von lynX:
> On Fri, Dec 13, 2019 at 11:29:34AM +0000, Alec Muffett wrote:
>> tldr: new TLS certificate is stuck in the pipeline for a few days, because
>> onion certificates are special and weird:
> Onion certificates are an oxymoron. The onion address
> is self-validating. It is a bug that web browsers apply
> the logic of X.509 to Tor addresses - they shouldn't
> check certificates at all, or at best pin down the
> public key contained in the certificate.

This is not necessarily the case.  There exist threat models (e.g.
Whonix-style situations) where the Tor daemon and the application are in
separate trust domains, and in those threat models, there is an
advantage to using TLS combined with onion (compared to only onion),
because TLS is terminated in the application rather than the Tor daemon.

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