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Re: [tor-talk] Tor and P2P

On Wed, Sep 26, 2012 at 02:08:06AM -0400, Robert Ransom wrote:
> On 9/26/12, meh. <meh@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > After implementing the torchat protocol and seeing how bad it is, but
> > how nice the idea is, I started thinking it would be cool to have a
> > more general protocol for P2P use through hidden services.
> >
> > My question is, how would it scale and what would be the implications
> > of such a system (every user would be a hidden service and would be
> > constantly connected to other hidden services it wants to interact
> > with)?
> DO NOT use implement peer-to-peer software that way.  You will make
> your users more vulnerable to some attacks, and thrash the HS
> directory system excessively, and probably overload the users' Tor
> client processes to the point that they start pounding on the Tor
> network in general (see https://bugs.torproject.org/1307 for one
> failure mode).
> Some parts of the Tor hidden service protocol can be used for
> peer-to-peer communication, but that would require new client-side
> protocols (for communication between the application and the Tor
> client), as well as an overhaul of the hidden service code.  SOCKS and
> Tor's current control-port protocol are not suitable for this.

OnionCatÂ[1] can be seen as implementing P2P-over-HS. I never read a
similarily strong statement about it before.


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