Saturday 21st October 2017
I have set up a new Onion v3 Tor Hidden Service for JamieWeb, available at:
As of writing this post, you need at least tor-0.3.2.1-alpha (eg: Tor Browser 7.5a5) in order to access the new Onion v3 hidden services.
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Tor Onion v3 Hidden Service ┣━━ Hidden Service Configuration ┣━━ Apache Configuration ┣━━ Vanity Addresses ┗━━ Conclusion
Onion v3 is the new next-generation Tor Onion Services specification. The most noticable change is the increase in address length, however Onion v3 uses better cryptography, ECC (eliptic curve cryptography) rather than RSA, and has an improved hidden service directory protocol.
Since this hidden service is running on an alpha build of Tor, I am hosting it on a separate, isolated server. I'm also using a virtual machine for testing the Tor Browser alpha builds, as seen above.
In order to set up an Onion v3 hidden service, you'll have to build Tor from source.
Download and verify Tor (standalone) from the Tor downloads page. Below are my verifications for Tor 0.3.2.2 Alpha and Tor Browser 7.5a5 for Linux 64 bit, but always make sure to do your own verifications too:
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Compile Tor with ./configure followed by make. On a fresh Ubuntu Server 16.04 system, you'll need to install gcc, libevent-dev, libssl-dev and make.
Once compiled, create the directory and file /usr/local/etc/tor/torrc. This is the default configuration file location for Tor when built from source. Sample torrcs are available within the src/config/ directory of your compiled Tor installation.
In order to set up an Onion v3 Hidden Service, add the following to your torrc:
HiddenServiceDir /desired/path/to/hidden/service/config HiddenServiceVersion 3 HiddenServicePort <localport> <server>
The HiddenServiceDir can be any folder on your system that Tor will have write access to, although it should be a private area since the keys will be stored here.
<localport> is the local port that the hidden service is "listening" on, and the <server> is the server where requests to that port will be forwarded to.
In my case, I have:
HiddenServicePort 80 18.104.22.168
...which will forward requests to port 80 onto the main JamieWeb server across the internet.
Important Note: Forwarding requests to a remote server has a major potential to de-anonymize you if done incorrectly. If your own anonymity is important, it's probably better to run a local web server (eg: forward requests to 127.0.0.1). Please refer to the official Tor documentation since I am in no way qualified to provide advice on running a properly anonymized hidden service. In my case, my own anonymity is not important so it's fine for me to forward requests to an external web server over the internet.
You can theoretically host anything behind a hidden service, including a file server, IRC server, email server, etc.
You can now run Tor located in src/or/tor. Successful output is as follows:
Oct 19 23:58:25.320 [notice] Tor 0.3.2.2-alpha (git-e2a2704f17415d8a) running on Linux with Libevent 2.0.21-stable, OpenSSL 1.0.2g, Zlib 1.2.8, Liblzma N/A, and Libzstd N/A. Oct 19 23:58:25.320 [notice] Tor can't help you if you use it wrong! Learn how to be safe at https://www.torproject.org/download/download#warning Oct 19 23:58:25.320 [notice] This version is not a stable Tor release. Expect more bugs than usual. Oct 19 23:58:25.320 [notice] Read configuration file "/usr/local/etc/tor/torrc". Oct 19 23:58:25.326 [notice] Scheduler type KIST has been enabled. Oct 19 23:58:25.326 [notice] Opening Socks listener on 127.0.0.1:9050 Oct 19 23:58:25.000 [notice] Bootstrapped 0%: Starting Oct 19 23:58:26.000 [notice] Starting with guard context "default" Oct 19 23:58:26.000 [notice] Bootstrapped 80%: Connecting to the Tor network Oct 19 23:58:26.000 [notice] Bootstrapped 85%: Finishing handshake with first hop Oct 19 23:58:27.000 [notice] Bootstrapped 90%: Establishing a Tor circuit Oct 19 23:58:27.000 [notice] Tor has successfully opened a circuit. Looks like client functionality is working. Oct 19 23:58:27.000 [notice] Bootstrapped 100%: Done
If you have errors relating to communication with directory servers, double check the permissions on your hidden service configuration directory. Both the folder and contained files should only be readable and writable by the owner (user that is running Tor):
drwx------ 2 tor tor 4096 Oct 20 00:00 . drwxr-xr-x 5 tor tor 4096 Oct 19 22:29 .. -rw------- 1 tor tor 63 Oct 20 00:00 hostname -rw------- 1 tor tor 64 Oct 18 23:29 hs_ed25519_public_key -rw------- 1 tor tor 96 Oct 18 23:29 hs_ed25519_secret_key
In order to make Tor run at boot, you could set it up as a cronjob or use any other method for starting a program at boot. Don't run Tor as root.
The "hostname" file in your hidden service configuration directory contains the hostname for your new Onion v3 hidden service. The other files are your hidden service keys, so it is imperative that these are kept private. If your keys leak, other people can impersonate your hidden service, deeming it compromised, useless and dangerous to visit.
Configuring a local web server for your hidden service is exactly the same as with Onion v2, just make sure that your web server is accessible locally on 127.0.0.1 and everything should work. If your own anonymity is important, make sure that your web server is configured correctly so that it is not going to de-anonymize you.
However, in my setup I am using a remote web server as the forwarding destination for the hidden service. To clarify, my Onion v3 hidden service is running on a separate server to the main JamieWeb server, and the hidden service is forwarding requests across the internet to the main server.
Important Note: Please read my note above as there is potentially a major risk of de-anonymization when forwarding requests to a remote server.
Since I have IP address catch-all virtual hosts set up, the request is blocked by default:
403 Forbidden - Direct request to IPv4 address (22.214.171.124) blocked. Please use https://www.jamieweb.net instead.
In order to get around this, you can simply create a virtual host with the ServerName value set to the Onion address. In my configuration, I have the following (irrelevant lines removed):
<VirtualHost 126.96.36.199:80> ServerName 32zzibxmqi2ybxpqyggwwuwz7a3lbvtzoloti7cxoevyvijexvgsfeid.onion </VirtualHost>
The request will no longer be blocked, allowing the hidden service to work as normal.
As with my Onion v2 hidden service, I am very interested in generating a vanity address to use for my site. As of writing this, there are several tools already available for Onion v3 vanity address generation. However, as I did with the Onion v2 address, I am also looking into writing a basic script to perform the cryptography outside of Tor in order to generate addresses automatically. This isn't designed to be a highly efficient program to generate millions of addresses per second, just a basic script that is able to do it faster than a human.
The script that I wrote for automatically generating Onion v2 addresses was quite inefficient, but was still able to generate ~5 addresses per second. While something like this isn't going to be able to generate a long vanity address in any reasonable timeframe, it's enough to get a few characters and understand the how the cryptography behind it is working.
With Onion v2 and an efficient CPU/GPU vanity address generation program, an 8 character vanity address is realistically achievable with an average home computer running for around a month. Onion v3 addresses are still Base32, but are 56 characters rather than 16, so the search space is significantly larger. I am going to set my Raspberry Pi cluster to work generating an Onion v3 vanity address straight away!
I am also interested to see what Facebook are going to do with their Onion v2 hidden service. They are one of the few organisations to have an Extended Validation (EV) SSL certificate for their hidden service, so I wonder if DigiCert will issue a new one to them when/if Facebook upgrades to Onion v3?
I will be continuing to test the Tor alpha builds with Onion v3. Once they are in a stable release, I'll move it back over to the main JamieWeb server where it can be hosted alongside the existing Onion v2 hidden service (it is possible to host multiple hidden services with a single Tor instance).
Overall I really like Onion v3, it is a well-needed update to the cryptography behind Tor, and hopefully people will adopt it as soon as possible.