robert at roberthogan.net
Sat Jun 14 11:11:58 CEST 2008
Type: KDE Networking Tool
Depend: KDE 3.5.x
TorK is an Anonymity Manager for KDE.
For information about Tor: http://tor.eff.org
TorK allows you to configure, run and update Tor.
It also allows you to view the Tor network and
choose how you would like to interact with the
TorK contains a number of unique/useful features:
* A graph of your tor and non-tor traffic.
* A quickstart page for launching torified
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* A hidden services wizard that allows you to
create and publish hidden
* A drag-and-drop view of the Tor network. Create,
modify and close circuits.
Attach and detach streams manually from circuits.
Click on servers to view
their full details.
* Exit node blocking/preferring by country and
* Tor and Non-Tor traffic logs - showing you the
traffic that is going through
Tor and the traffic that is not. The Tor traffic
log maintains a record of
the circuit you used for each connection. Both
logs are maintained in memory
only and can be flushed by the user at any time.
* A turn-on-and-off-able mini-view that shows you
the traffic currently going
through Tor - including destination, status, and
exit node's name and
* Passive pop-ups alerting you to important Tor
events, such as changes to Â
your server status, DNS leaks, errors reported by
* Quick configuration - six default configurations
available for getting Tor
running the simple and easy way.
* Full access to all Tor configuration options.
2008-06-09 Robert Hogan
Bug Fixes/Feature Fixes
o Speed up pop-up windows
o Block plaintext ports (23,110,109) and warn
user. User can elect
to allow the plaintext port for the rest of
o Quick Bandwidth Configuration in System
Tray a la KTorrent.
o Fix first-run wizard to allow proper
configuration of system-managed
privoxy. This should save users the bother
of manually configuring
a packaged, auto-starting privoxy
installation to work with Tor.
o If TorK attempts to launch Tor but finds an
instance already running,
only display the helpful pop-up message
(asking if you want to just
connect to the already running instance)
and not the subsequent,
confusing one (reporting the failure to
bind to localhost:9050 as
some sort of a bug).
2008-04-09 Robert Hogan
Bug Fixes/Feature Fixes
o Always apply settings when OK or Apply
clicked on configuration
dialog. Some of the more exotic settings
were not getting applied
in some situations.
o The non-anonymous settings (e.g.
restored properly in some cases. This was
due to an eccentricity in
o Be a little more aggressive with UPnP.
Silently re-apply port
forwarding to the UPnP router when (i) Tor
tells us it has failed
reachability tests, (ii) whenever the user
o Always enable torbutton when launching
o Always show a padlock on SSL connections in
the stream display.
Minor Technical Stuff
o Add some missing includes for Debian
packaging. (Thanks to Patrick
o Change the build script so that we have an
SSL_LIBS parameter to use
with shallot when it's integrated.
o Some extra configure checks for OpenBSD.
(Thanks to kuburosso).
2008-02-28 Robert Hogan
o UPnP Support Added. Almost all code taken from
Joris Guisson's UPnP
implementation in KTorrent. UPnP will only
forward ports 80 and 443
- this is because anything else misses the
point. Users who want to
get fancy with port forwarding can configure
their router themselves.
UPnP is on by default but can be disabled at
server set-up time or
through the config.
o New compile-time configure option:
--enable-gnutls. Default remains
OpenSSL. This resolves the licence clash
between openSSL and third-party
GPL2 code in TorK. Thanks to Patrick Matthai
o Removed use of libwhich.
o Usability Improvements. Reduced the initial
complexity of the interface
o Remove 'connect'/disconnect from toolbar
o Simple Mode:
- Add 'More Options' button that will
- 'Citizen' button
- 'Fail-Safe' button and 'Fail Safe'
- 'Server' Button
- 'Usability' config section
- So in simple mode only 'Change ID' and
o 'My Tor Server', 'My Server BW', and
'Configure Server'remain hidden
unless a server is actually running.
o 'My Hidden Services' remains hidden unless
user elects to create a
hidden service from main listing.
o 'My Network View' remains hidden until user
right-clicks on server
list to select servers.
o Thanks to anonym (maintainer of Incognito
CD) for his help in defining
o Add Server Set-Up Wizard. Used first time you
set up a server.
o Use an overlay rather than separate icons for
the system tray
representation of server status.
o New Czech translation from Marek Stopka.
o Correct torksocks.conf manpage. Patch from
o Make sure libtorksocks is linked against
libdl. Thanks to Patrick Matthai
o Make the traffic monitor a little less of an
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