SRI Logo
About Us|R and D Divisions|Careers|Newsroom|Contact Us|SRI Home
  SRI Logo

StegoTorus: A Camouflage Proxy for the Tor Anonymity System
 by Dr. Linda Briesemeister, Dr. Steven Cheung, Dr. Vinod Yegneswaran, Zachary Weinberg (Lead author, Carnegie Mellon University and SRI International), Jeffrey Wang (Stanford University), Frank Wang (Stanford University) & Dan Boneh (Stanford University).

19th ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS).
Raleigh, North Carolina.
October 16-18, 2012.


Internet censorship by governments is an increasingly common practice worldwide. Internet users and censors are locked in an arms race: as users find ways to evade censorship schemes, the censors develop countermeasures for the evasion tactics. One of the most popular and effective circumvention tools, Tor, must regularly adjust its network traffic signature to remain usable.

We present StegoTorus, a tool that comprehensively disguises Tor from protocol analysis. To foil analysis of packet contents, Tor's traffic is steganographed to resemble an innocuous cover protocol, such as HTTP. To foil analysis at the transport level, the Tor circuit is distributed over many shorter-lived connections with per-packet characteristics that mimic cover-protocol traffic. Our evaluation demonstrates that StegoTorus improves the resilience of Tor to fingerprinting attacks and delivers usable performance.

BibTEX Entry
  author    = {Zachary Weinberg and
               Jeffrey Wang and
               Vinod Yegneswaran and
               Linda Briesemeister and
               Steven Cheung and
               Frank Wang and
               Dan Boneh},
  title     = {{StegoTorus}: A Camouflage Proxy for the {Tor} Anonymity System},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the 19th ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security},
  pages     = {109-120},
  month     = oct,
  year      = {2012}
Available from ACM.


About Us  |  R&D Divisions  |  Careers  |  Newsroom  |  Contact Us
© 2024 SRI International 333 Ravenswood Avenue, Menlo Park, CA 94025-3493
SRI International is an independent, nonprofit corporation. Privacy policy