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Re: German data rentention law

     On Sat, 18 Oct 2008 19:30:53 -0400 7v5w7go9ub0o <7v5w7go9ub0o@xxxxxxxxx>
>Roger Dingledine wrote:
>> On Sat, Oct 18, 2008 at 06:43:34PM -0400, 7v5w7go9ub0o wrote:
>>> Roger Dingledine wrote:
>>> <snip>
>>>>> Otherwise, all german nodes have to switch to middle man.
>>> <snip>
>> To be clear, I didn't write the above line.
>>> 1. Given that the ISP will have logs anyway, why disallow German exit 
>>> nodes?
>> A fine question. Hopefully as we learn more about what ISPs will log,
>> we will come to decide that having Tor exit relays in Germany doesn't
>> pose much risk -- as long as we take appropriate other steps to make
>> sure the other end of the circuit isn't logged by German ISPs too.
>>> 2. How about changing all TOR port useage - including relays and entry
>>> ports - to 443?
>>> 'Twould be hard to know which are entry nodes, which are relays, and 
>>> which is browser traffic. That ought to make "mapping" the onion, and 
>>> ISP log analysis a little more challenging :-) .
>> It isn't just a matter of what port they listen on. So long as there's
>> a public list of Tor relays, then people can just compare IP addresses
>> they see to the public relay list. And that public relay list isn't
>> going away anytime soon, since Tor clients need it when picking a path.
>Am presuming that some on that list are "multi-function" servers!?
>Guess I'm thinking along the line of a PC that has a TOR relay and 
>bridge (both) that's being logged by its ISP.
>If all inbound and outbound TOR circuits were port 443, all the ISP 
>would log is a bewildering collection of inbound, SSL-encrypted 
>connections to 443, and  outbound, SSL-encrypted connections to 443 - 
>hard to know if any given inbound is an entry-connection, or 
>Likewise, outbound connections to 443 somewhere else might be TOR, or it 
>might be the operator browsing his bank account.
>If nothing else, defaulting to 443 would allow a greater number of 
>"hotspot" laptops access to TOR from HTTP/S-only networks.
     Doing that, however, *would* make it rather difficult for the same
machine--or another machine sharing the same IP address for a NAT'ed LAN
gateway--to run a web server supporting HTTPS connections.  That alone
should be sufficient reason not to change the default ORPort to 443.

                                  Scott Bennett, Comm. ASMELG, CFIAG
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