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[liberationtech] Qt TorBrowser

Jacob Appelbaum jacob at appelbaum.net
Sun Mar 17 01:59:33 PDT 2013


Randolph D.:
>> It is not the Tor Browser provided by the Tor Project.
> 
> That is true, it is an alternative. Firefox is not the only Browser
> to use with Tor.

You can use nearly any piece of software with Tor and that does not mean
that it is safe to use.

> 
>> This is an extremely questionable piece of software.
> 
> Nonsense. The Addon is the Qt Vidalia, just with a new iconset and
> compiled as as qt plug.
> 
> 

Unless the author has patched their browser to defend against the
threats faced by Tor users, I'd not use it. Here's the threat model and
design document for Tor Browser:

 https://www.torproject.org/torbrowser/design/


>> The developer's user name is 'perrymikey' which is likely a
>> reference to the main Tor Browser developer 'mikeperry' who did not
>> build this
> software.
> 
> That user is since one year not anymore part of the project as the
> name-was reserved for the original developer, in case he wanted to
> step in. Due to his time and non-availablity, the account was
> removed. So good that you know about the project, but you owl provide
> outdated and so prejudiced knowledge.

Huh?


> 
>> their logo and even their website layout
> this was once discussed with the internal Tor people and the website
> is CC license and they agreed, if there is a disclaimer, that this
> project is not affilated with tor-project. It is written several
> times on the page.
> 

I'm a Tor person and I think the website is confusing to users. I say
this because a user confused it for our software.

>> Wondering if it also contain some malware...
> 
> Of course, you mean the cookie washer or the Anti-Face-Book-Button?
> the encrypted Bookmarks? All the things Firefox does not have - and
> every Tor user can be identified with, when using the FireFox-Tor.
> 

What is the list of IP addresses and port numbers in the bdboot.txt file?

> We should be happy to have an alternative to Firefox and I will test
> it a little bit, instead of bringing up rumours and old stories
> without having it installed., you blinds who speak of colours.
> 

Actually, a few people in a room are currently looking at the software
in detail right now.

> The project is needed as an additional download location, as many
> arabs and iran people cannot access the Firefox Tor. And: It is
> always good to have an alternative, in any written work from 
> university it is a must to mention an alternative for the reader.
> Here it is done! Good contributions would be a feature comparision or
> a linux compile of the Addon. All the best with research, which means
> to update yourself first.


Are you using an automatic translation engine by any chance?

All the best,
Jacob



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