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Re: [gopher] Tor for Gopher

It would seem you are contradicting yourself. If SSL is not able to 
guarantee "who am I talking to", then the whole encryption point is moot. 
Doing a MITM on SSL is easy if you disregard the CA part of the scheme - 
myself, I did it many times (for good reasons!). It's as trivial as 
setting up a SSL proxy with a fake CA. Yes, encryption is there, between 
the client and my proxy. Then, it may also be present between my proxy 
and the destination server, but on the proxy itself I can comfortably 
dump your credit card number.

Shortly said, if we assume that the entire CA business is worthless, then 
so is SSL.


On Tue, 28 Feb 2017 23:15:54 -0800, Bradley D. Thornton wrote:
> On 2/13/2017 9:47 PM, Christoph Lohmann wrote:
>> Greetings comrades.
>> This ugly discussion of how to add TLS to gopher has lead to all kind
>> of extension proposals which look so ugly  I  wouldn’t  want  to 
>> implement them.  The CA system is broken and will not lead to any
>> security. Do you really trust Let’s Encrypt, when they issue
>> certificates for everyone? I don’t.
> Not to go off topic on you Christoph, but separate to the issue of why
> you started this discussion, *yes*, I *do* trust LE... and I'll tell you
> why.
> SSL (TLS) has NEVER been about doing business with or even  being able
> to verify that you are communicating with *who* you presume to be
> communicating with at the end point. There have been all sorts of
> schemes to charge people more and more money just to have kewl looking
> real estate take up additional space in the address bar of a browser for
> the sake of the exclusive right to pay more money for such a nonsensical
> graphic in a browser or some stupid seal on a site that says you paid a
> bunch of money to ensure that traffic and communications between your
> site is secured with *some* level of encryption.
> That having been said, SSL, for lack of a better term, ensures *only*
> that there is an encrypted session between you, the user running the
> browser, and the site that you have connected with, thereby providing
> some measure of confidence that there's not some MitM sniffing out your
> banking password or snatching up your cookies with Firesheep so that
> goombah sitting over there in the corner of the coffee house can post
> embarrassing things to your friends on faceplant that seemingly were
> from you.
> The notion that verisign, thawte, geotrust, or any of the other players
> out there can actually verify that the cert was even issued to the party
> to whom is listed on the cert is total bullshit - I've created lots of
> certs for customers in the past and myself too and then guffawed myself
> right out of my chair because I realized that I circumvented their
> verification processes by virtue of having to have a cert ready and in
> place before the start of business for my client on the following day,
> without being afforded the luxury of having my client do their due
> dilligence in setting up for the verification process themselves.
> Therefore, whereas, heretofor, and other lawyerisms aside...
> 1.) SSL verifies that you have an encrypted connection with a website
> (which may have been compromised anyway, already).
> 2.) SSL never has fully been able to guarantee that the cert was issued
> to the party to whom is listed on the cert.
> 3.) SSL has at several points in the past been compromised, most
> recently by virtue of issues in OpenSSL, that left huge holes in the
> security of cPanel and Plesk managed hosting instances because CentOS
> didn't push, or the hosting provider didn't push, the patches to shore
> up those holes.
> SSL ensures that you have an encrypted connection, and I am a proponent
> of the notion that all HTTP traffic should take advantage of this,
> especially in light of the fact that search engines now routinely index
> secure content, and SNI is the way of the name based virtual hosting in
> the connnectionless oriented browsing environment.
> If everyone would just once and for all realize that SSL never has
> verified that you are talking to who the cert says you're talking to,
> and only that you are talking to an end point via and encrypted session,
> there would be much less hype over whether everyone should be able to
> have encrypted communications for free.
> You might be of a different opinion - you might believe that the *who*
> can be guaranteed, but it cannot. The only thing that can be guaranteed
> is that the conversation is encrypted, and that being enough to
> safeguard most communications, it should be free and LE is doing a fine
> job of breaking the backs of those who have exploited and defrauded the
> public for waaaaayyyy too long (i.e., verisign).
> So would it be better to just use self-signed certs? But of course it
> would, because the expectation of identity would be obviously not be
> part of the secure nature of the connection, but we're talking about a
> public that just doesn't get it, so you need someone like LE to give
> them some semblance of confidence that the crooks at the bank have been
> gouging the consumer for over the last couple of decades.
> Gawd when I get on that soapbox! No offense Christoph, I'm just
> diatribing out on what you already know to be the case technically,
> although you may have a different opinion than mine philosophically,
> although I know you to be a bit of a paranoid so I was surprised at your
> exclamation lolz.
> I've never been a fan of anonymity either, although that's a different
> matter and my patience has been duly tested with all of the farming
> implements used by assholes like faceplant and google and other big (and
> not so big) data miners.
> Kindest regards,
> Bradley
>> That  is the reason why I am proposing a simpler migration strategy:
>> Let us move all gopherholes to tor. Running a  hidden  service 
>> requires  no modification except for changing the internal links to the
>> onion domain. I do that at bitreich.org[0][1] by having a hidden
>> service  pointing  to port  70  but  the  redirect in the configuration
>> is to a different port which has geomyidae running with the argument ‐h
>> hg6vgqziawt5s4dj.onion.
>> All menu entries in gph files pointing to »server« will be replaced
>> with that and you are kept in the tor network.
>> For clients it is simply: torify lynx gopher://hg6vgqziawt5s4dj.onion
>> I have started collecting onion gopherholes [2].
>> What  we  get: Security (hash in onion domain), anonymity (tor
>> network), moral superiority by supporting tor and their efforts
>> Sincerely,
>> Christoph Lohmann
>> [0] gopher://bitreich.org [1] gopher://hg6vgqziawt5s4dj.onion [2]
>> gopher://hg6vgqziawt5s4dj.onion/1/lawn/onion
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