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Re: tor -- way OT


On Fri, 17 Mar 2017 12:28:33 -0600
Glenn English <ghe2001@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> I'm trying to use the Tor Browser. They don't seem to have any support
> (beyond an FAQ) on their site, so I'm asking here.
> Jessie and XFCE on a Supermicro workstation connected through a T1.
> I installed Tor a few days ago and it was working fine -- Gmail said
> it was having authentication problems and that I was using Firefox on
> Winders in Paris. Just what I'd hoped for.
> Then I installed privoxy and set the regular browser (Firefox) to use
> it. Tor started saying it couldn't find the proxy it'd been configured
> to use. Tor hadn't been configured to do any such thing, but I looked
> at the config to make sure.

A big red "you're doing it wrong" sign flashes in my head as I read

First things first. Tor provides you with SOCKS5 proxy server already.
Why bother chaining it with conventional HTTP proxy?

Second thought. While Tor has some (limited) ability to work via proxy
[1], it is by no means required to force Tor to use one.

> Firefox is the same -- no proxy. It used to use privoxy, but I turned it off 
> I removed Tor (Aptitude purge) and reinstalled (with Aptitude), and it
> connected to DuckDuckGo, Amazon, and Newegg (maybe others, I haven't
> tried). 

It's not a valid test as it does not prove anything. Try [2]. If you
see security.debian.org - you're set.

> But it couldn't find the proxy when I pointed at local sites
> and the virtuals on my server (again, maybe others).
> So I removed privoxy, and now Tor can't even connect to its own network.
> Anybody seen this, have an idea, know a fix?? Is there some kind of
> (defective) interaction between the Tor and Firefox configs?

Sure. Deinstall/purge current Tor and privoxy.
Install Debian's version of Tor. It should start itself.
Point your Firefox to SOCKS5 proxy located at localhost port 9050.
That all you (ever) need, judging from your timezone.

Do not mix HTTP proxy into your setup. You won't gain anything short of
complicating your setup.


[1] https://www.torproject.org/docs/faq.html.en#NeedToUseAProxy
[2] http://sgvtcaew4bxjd7ln.onion/