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[liberationtech] Qt TorBrowser

Jacob Appelbaum jacob at
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:

>> 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 outdated and so prejudiced knowledge.


>> 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,

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