Opened 7 years ago

Last modified 3 years ago

#10747 new enhancement

Support alternate DNS such as Namecoin/OpenNIC/etc

Reported by: cypherpunks Owned by:
Priority: Medium Milestone: Tor: unspecified
Component: Core Tor/Tor Version:
Severity: Normal Keywords: alt-dns tor-client tor-relay needs-design prop279
Cc: Actual Points:
Parent ID: Points: 10
Reviewer: Sponsor:


If TOR exit nodes could have support for alternate DNS such as .bit (NameCoin) and OpenNIC there could be secure anonymity on those networks as well.

Please add support for DNS resolving of these alternate DNS.

Child Tickets

#24774enhancementneeds_revisionEdit prop279 to support alternative name representations and non-English languages

Change History (4)

comment:1 Changed 7 years ago by nickm

Keywords: alt-dns needs-proposal added
Milestone: Tor: unspecified

Sounds pretty interesting. This is going to need a design proposal (see ) to figure out how best to signal support for alternative TLDs and for clients to use that information.

comment:2 Changed 6 years ago by indolering

Namecoin rebooted development about a year ago and we are working on adding the following Tor related functionality:

  • Hybrid UTXO+SPV lightclients;
  • floating domain prices and non-trivial renewal fees;
  • and transaction anonymity (possibly via CoinJoin or Zerocash).

We were planning on approaching the project regarding deeper integration in 2015 or 2016. However, Tor our is one of our most important use cases and we can deliver a fully capable, UTXO based lightclient relatively quickly.

The above feature list and timeline are based on informal discussions with Tor developers. Waiting for the above features mainly improves UX and makes it easier for domain owners to purchase domains anonymously. We are aware of recent research regarding the use of Bitcoin SPV clients over Tor and are working on the SPV threat model for Namecoin (which is slightly different).

It is also not yet clear what the best method is for transaction anonymity. We will support CoinJoin and similar techniques soon, however, Zerocash may provide a more robust solution. We will adopt Zerocash or a similar solution once a clear winner emerges.

Last edited 6 years ago by indolering (previous) (diff)

comment:3 Changed 3 years ago by nickm

Severity: Normal

Closed #17040 as a duplicate of this.

comment:4 Changed 3 years ago by nickm

Keywords: tor-client tor-relay needs-design prop279 added; needs-proposal removed
Points: 10
Summary: Support alternate DNS such as Namecoin/OpenNICSupport alternate DNS such as Namecoin/OpenNIC/etc

See proposal 279 for the start of a design here.

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