[clug] Tor and other things that go bump in the night

Andreas electronics45 at gmail.com
Sat Oct 2 18:29:20 MDT 2010

I like to ping wikileaks ( http://www.wikileaks.com/ ) as a quick
check to rule out Conroy as the source of a flaky internet connection.
 If I'm not mistaken, the site has somehow made it onto his "list",
and since not applicable to "refused classification" material, I image
it's been added under the category of "inconvenient". ;)

On 2 October 2010 19:07, Keith Goggin <keith.goggin at bigpond.com> wrote:
> Hi List,
> On Thursday morning last I noticed what seemed to me to be a DNS lookup
> failure on my Bigpond Wireless Broadband connection. The account remained
> unusable until Friday night even though my 7.2 Home Network Gateway passed all
> diagnostic tests and could establish a link to the remote tower.
> When using Firefox, URLs would not resolve with the 'Server Not Found' message
> yet when I typed in the IP address of www.google.com.au ( the
> Google Australia page loaded OK.
> My Email Client stopped working with 'unknown host: securemail.bigpond.com'
> and my VOIP box also died.
> However I also noticed that switching from Bigponds 'Automatic Assigned DNS'
> to a public or third party DSN server did not fix the problem. Which led me to
> suspect that Telstra/Bigpond were experimenting with something upstream of the
> DNS server possibly Conroys Filter.
> I know from bitter experience there is no way to get any useful response from
> Bigpond's help desk particularly if you are running linux and this time was no
> exception, 'nothing wrong our end it must be you, you fool' or words to that
> effect in broken English.
> So I thought it time to 'bight the bullet' and implement a strategy to bypass
> the dreaded filter which led me to try Tor/Polipo.
> I'm running Linux Mint 9 and I think I have everything installed OK and when I
> click the Torbutton plugin in Firefox (V3.6.9) it changes from red 'Tor
> Disabled' to green 'Tor enabled' OK but can't then display the web page
> <https://check.torproject.org/>.
> I've replaced /etc/pilipo/config with
> <https://svn.torproject.org/svn/torbrowser/trunk/build-
> scripts/config/polipo.conf> but still no joy.
> /var/log/tor/log ends with
> Oct 02 13:33:17.136 [notice] Tor has successfully opened a circuit. Looks like
> client functionality is working.
> Oct 02 13:33:17.136 [notice] Bootstrapped 100%: Done.
> Oct 02 14:13:49.633 [notice] No Tor server allows exit to [scrubbed]:80.
> Rejecting.
> This last line looks like the problem.
> Is anyone using Tor/Pilipo on Ubuntu/Linux Mint 9 who is willing to help?
> Thanks
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