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[liberationtech] popular circumvention tools have been blocked in Iran

Adam Fisk afisk at getlantern.org
Fri Feb 12 14:27:48 PST 2016


What blocking we've seen with Lantern also corroborates Collin's
analysis in terms of blocking appearing to be IP enumeration and not
traffic classification. We've also seen increases in blocking on
weekends when perhaps they think we're not watching!

-Adam

On Wed, Feb 10, 2016 at 3:00 PM, Joseph Lorenzo Hall <joe at cdt.org> wrote:
> So so so helpful, Collin!
>
> On Wed, Feb 10, 2016 at 1:58 PM, Collin Anderson
> <collin at averysmallbird.com> wrote:
>>
>> On Wed, Feb 10, 2016 at 11:09 AM, Joseph Lorenzo Hall <joe at cdt.org> wrote:
>>>
>>> Do we have any indication as to how they are blocking (e.g., given Iran's
>>> past history, I'd tend to think it involves fingerprinting circumvention
>>> tech protocols). best, Joe
>>
>>
>> I don't believe its traffic classification on circumvention tools; the
>> proliferation of obfsproxy-style and meek transports beyond Tor seems to
>> made this more difficult. For the particular tools that I have checked, it
>> appeared to be enumeration of network entry points through the censors
>> running the tool or collecting aggregated network statistics from users, and
>> then blocking found addresses. In certain cases, this layer three blocking
>> and in others through in-line blocking on the application layer. In the
>> latter scenario, the intention seems though to simply block SSL connection
>> for addresses, and nothing more fine grain, e.g. whitelisting/blacklisting.
>>
>> Would be happy to test any tools, maybe FreeGate is next.
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