Opened 5 years ago

Closed 5 years ago

#10242 closed defect (duplicate)

obfs-flash-client does not reconnect well when browser proxy reconnects

Reported by: infinity0 Owned by: asn
Priority: Medium Milestone:
Component: Obfuscation/Obfsproxy Version:
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From #ticket:7167:comment:42; assigning to obfsproxy as that is our current theory.

I've found a problem with the current set-up. I'm not sure why it's happening, but it's something special about our plugin composition.

If I disconnect my browser proxy and reconnect it (by reloading the page), with flashproxy-client tor is able to recover and I can continue browsing. However, with obfs-flash-client, tor is unable to do this and I get a bunch of error messages like this:

Oct 11 19:32:59.000 [notice] We tried for 15 seconds to connect to '[scrubbed]' using exit X1 at A1. Retrying on a new circuit.
Oct 11 19:33:14.000 [notice] We tried for 15 seconds to connect to '[scrubbed]' using exit X2 at A2. Retrying on a new circuit.
Oct 11 19:33:29.000 [notice] We tried for 15 seconds to connect to '[scrubbed]' using exit X3 at A3. Retrying on a new circuit.

To reproduce: [the new facilitator is running in the standard location, so just use the standard torrc]

edit: It does seem to recover after several more minutes though.

Some later theorising:

<dcf1> What I'd try first is probably enable debug logging on obfsproxy.
<dcf1> flashproxy-client disconnects its LOCAL port when a REMOTE disappears. Usually LOCAL is Tor itself, which reconnects in such a situation.
<dcf1> Maybe obfsproxy doesn't reconnect in the same way, or maybe flashproxy-client needs optionally not to disconnect LOCAL.
<infinity0> ah
<infinity0> sounds plausible
<dcf1> It's a good find, as disconnecting flash proxies is certainly the norm.
<dcf1> I would expect tor to make a new socks connection to obfsproxy, which should in turn make a fresh connection to the socks shim, but I'm not sure.

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comment:1 Changed 5 years ago by dcf

Resolution: duplicate
Status: newclosed

This appears to be a duplicate of the newer #10993/#11301, which have some extra information.

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