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Tor-ramdisk 20080606 released.

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Hi everyone,

We would like to announce a new release of Tor-ramdisk (version
20080606), an i686 uClibc-based micro Linux distro (about 3.1MB ISO)
whose only purpose is to host a tor server in an environment which
maximizes security and privacy.  Security is enhanced by employing a
monolithically compiled GRSEC/PAX patched kernel and hardened system
tools. Privacy is enhanced by turning off logging at all levels so
that even the Tor operator only has access to minimal information.
Finally, since everything runs in ephemeral memory, no information
survives a reboot, except for the Tor configuration file and the
private RSA key which may be exported/imported by FTP.

The aim of the project is to really make Tor server (ie. an onion
ROUTER) into a router, with no hard drives.  This may be of interest
to tor-operators who are worried about having their hard drives examine.

Tor-ramdisk is not for hidden services since it does not support the
other resources required, such as an http server and hard drive space
for a web page.

Two major changes in this release: 1) configuring network and
configuring/running/stopping tor is now menu driven.  2) torrc and
secret_id_key can be imported/exported via FTP.

To do: 1) reduce system tools even further to restrict the system to
just running tor, 2) consider adding RBAC rules to restrict tor's
running environment, 3) consdier adding iptables firewall, 4) create a
bootable usb pen drive image in addition to the ISO, 5) add some form
of time syncronization

Home Page: http://opensource.dyc.edu/tor-ramdisk

Freshmeat page: http://freshmeat.net/projects/tor-ramdisk

Anthony G Basile
Melissa Carlson
Information Technology
D'Youville College
320 Porter Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14201

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