Create a complete Tor Onion Service with Docker and OpenSUSE (EXPANDED)

I wrote this presentation on the weekends in April and May and it’s didn’t have quite the details that I wanted to put into it. Mostly I wanted it to be short and engaging. Putting in every detail that I wanted would have (I thought) been long and boring. I would like to take the time here to expand what went into the presentation and to make it a little more interesting.

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I don’t really like these diagrams. They already existed on tor-project.org and were made by the EFF but it’s too high level and they don’t really tell the story that I wanted to tell. The actual description on how onion services with is here: https://www.torproject.org/docs/onion-services.html.en

I could have done a better job than what I did. The way that I prefer to describe it is like this:

After configuring your /etc/tor/torrc file, you run systemctl tor start and the local Tor daemon reaches out to the Tor networks and lets it know that you are running a local onion service. This creates a two-way link between your machine and the Tor network which is UDP traffic rather than TCP/IP as the Tor network never sees your actual local IP.

If I’m honest with myself, this is still pretty weak but it’s better than what I had. The best thing would be to take the information from Tor website almost verbatim and made slides but I didn’t do that.

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I glossed over this when I should have made more slides to help fill out the presentation. The brief anecdotes and really touch on a lot of reason why I think people should be using onion services such as:

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Being in the spotlight might just mean having a job where people know who you are. No matter who you are, there is a good chance that your political ideas will offend someone. Personally, I keep a strict no religion/no politics policy for myself at work. I just nod my head to everyone like I agree and/or understand. At home, it’s a different story. I am a political person and I care deeply about politics but I don’t want that interfering with my role at my company and I’m not alone. This is the point that would have had more punch than what I made and would have been a better case study on why onion sites are useful and needed.

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The first two should have been one topic and the last should have been a call back to a better description of how the onion routing and encryption works.

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Nefarious websites such as Silk Road and the Playpen were better case studies on how onion services are misused.

Finally, I think more details on how the docker-compose files are built would have been more useful as well as some hands-on interaction. Those file are all at my Github but I ran through them so quickly I didn’t really give the audience time to see them during the presentation.

Why are there toilets on my openSUSE wallpaper?

First of all, the entire wallpaper is here:

On the right-hand side, there are these cool line-art cad drawing with Geeko in the middle. The problem is that these aren’t just just random lines nor are they circuits boards or anything like that. These are architectural blueprints. There are 5 full bathroom and a small piece of a 6th. There’s also a couple of conference rooms.

My proof:

Why do I care?

I think it’s hilarious. It’s a strange decision for a wallpaper and I bizarre easter egg to find.