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vanguards - Additional protections for Tor Onion Services

https://packages.debian.org/buster/vanguards

vanguards

vanguards uses the Stem Tor control port library to connect to a Tor control port. It has three defense subsystems: Vanguards, Rendguard, and Bandguards. All three subsystems apply to both service-side and client-side onion service activity, but NOT to any client traffic that exits the Tor network to the normal Internet.

This is not an endorsement. I don’t have much knowledge about it. This is just me experimenting, making vanguards work on Debian buster.

Open file /etc/tor/vanguards.conf with root rights.

lxsudo mousepad /etc/tor/vanguards.conf

Comment out control_ip = 127.0.0.1 i.e. make that

#control_ip = 127.0.0.1

Change control_socket = to:

control_socket = /var/run/tor/control

Restart vanguards.

sudo systemctl restart vanguards

vanguards should probably use Tor control socket by default so it would work out of the box. Probably worth a bug report against Debian.

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Nice. CC’ing our documentation brigade @0brand @torjunkie

Too early for documentation. Don’t even know where to install. Gateway or workstation.

Todo research:

Tor version deb.torproject.org (Whonix uses) vs packages.debian.org vanguards version mismatch?

Sane for installation by default?

Vanguards available from deb.torproject.org?

https://blog.torproject.org/announcing-vanguards-add-onion-services

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