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Re: [tor-talk] Tor on the iPhone?

To elaborate a bit more:

A well-behaved (from App Store's perspective) iOS application is
prevented from launching a subprocess or interacting with another
application -- so Onion Browser and some other apps hackishly get around
that limitation by linking and running Tor as part of the app.

Things are pretty strictly sandboxed (and apps in the background are not
guaranteed to continue running), so every app that needs Tor needs to
include it and handle it's own copy of Tor.

(Aside: the subprocess restriction has also prevented the use of
pluggable transports in the app for the time being. Something I'd love
to work around -- i.e. not using "managed" mode -- but have yet to make
an earnest attempt at.)

In any case, I do continue to maintain the app wrt. security issues and
Tor updates, but my main regret is that I haven't had the time to really
refactor and redesign the app as I've wished.


Mike Tigas
News Applications Developer, ProPublica
@mtigas | https://mike.tig.as/ | 0x6E0E9923

Nathan Freitas:
> On Thu, Jan 15, 2015, at 09:59 AM, Jeff Burdges wrote:
>> On 15 Jan 2015, at 21:54, Nathan Freitas <nathan@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>> On a related note, the latest ChatSecure on iOS includes Tor, as well,
>>> for XMPP connections.
>> I thought it needed an external Tor applicaiton, specifically the one by
>> Mike mentioned?
> No, ChatSecure iOS has Tor built into it now, and we will be keeping it
> up-to-date with RC/final releases and other critical updates. iOS
> doesn't allow external background proxies in the way that Android does.

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