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Re: [tor-talk] TBB 2.2.32 & Connection issues

Thus spake David Carlson (carlson.dl@xxxxxxxxxxxxx):

> Yesterday I downloaded tor-browser-2.2.32-3_en-US.exe and set it up on a USB stick.  When I try to start it, it gives a connection refused by peer message just after parsing the GEOP.  If I retry, it says Tor stopped unexpectedly. Vidalia hangs after giving the message Bootstrapped 100% done. I cannot get the advanced message log to give any debug entries.   
> If I close that browser bundle and use Task manager to make sure that Tor and Vidalia really are not running, then start tor-browser-2.2.31-1-alpha_en-US.exe which I downloaded on August 21, that version starts with no problem and continues to open Aurora.  I am using that instance to send this e-mail.

This could be a firewall issue caused by the windows autoport feature.
In some cases, apps launching from USB sticks can be more restricted
in terms of internet access than hard disk apps normally would.

We disabled autoports on windows for this reason in today's release:


> I am using these on a Windows Vista laptop in a hotel that requires logging on to their Wi-Fi  for a time limited session with a web browser before they allow access to the internet.  I am using IE to log on and leaving it open as they requested.
> David Carlson
> --- On Tue, 9/6/11, sigi <tornode@xxxxxxxx> wrote:
> From: sigi <tornode@xxxxxxxx>
> Subject: Re: [tor-talk] TBB 2.2.32 & Automatic Updates
> To: tor-talk@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Date: Tuesday, September 6, 2011, 4:45 PM
> On Mon, Sep 05, 2011 at 06:36:34PM -0700, Mike Perry wrote:
> > Thus spake sigi (tornode@xxxxxxxx):
> > 
> > > Sorry, but at this point, I'm really asking myself, how I can trust 
> > > the concept of the torproject anymore? Some time ago, the users were 
> > > warned about the use of Torbutton with Firefox >3.6 - now the torproject 
> > > recommends to use their TorBrowserBundle - but it has automatic updates 
> > > for the browser included and some DigiNotar certificates? 
> > 
> > You are misunderstanding the situation. See other replies.
> > 
> > Please bear with us. The DigiNotar fiasco forced us to release the
> > Firefox 6-based TBBs as "stable" at least 2 weeks early (if not a full
> > month), because we were unable to do source modifications to Firefox
> > 3.6 on Windows to properly deal with the certificate updates and the
> > initial "Dutch exemption".
> > 
> > We would appreciate it if you tried to help us by diagnosing bugs and
> > issues rather than calling our integrity into question over bugs that
> > slipped in during a very high pressure situation.
> Pardon me for being so rude. I see how difficult this situation is for 
> you Tor-devs! I think the most confusing point for me is the switch to 
> the TorBrowserBundle. I'm using Tor a lot on my local machine - for 
> xmpp, irc and www, and I'm certain it provides a great service for 
> anonymity. The question for me was, if I can trust this Browser-Bundle 
> enough for now. 
> > > I'm confused. And I'd like some clarification here. Possibly I should 
> > > switch back to my own browser-profile with torbutton? Is it as safe to 
> > > use the Torbrowserbundle, as it was one year ago to use tor with your 
> > > own browser with Torbutton? Is there any improvement? 
> > 
> > We hope to better answer these questions in a Tor Browser Bundle
> > design document. Just one of the many other items that were supposed
> > to go into a new "stable" release that got pushed aside due to recent
> > events:
> > https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/3812
> I'd really like to have such a document. 
> Kudos to you all! 
> Regards, sigi. 
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Mike Perry
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