Why does bridgestrap's success rate decrease when we test more bridges?
It appears that as we test more bridges at once, we're seeing more timeouts; or in other words: tor sees more
NEWDESC events if we give it fewer bridges via
SETCONF. Here's the setup I used:
The results are based on Debian's Tor 0.3.5.10.
Here's Tor's config file:
UseBridges 1 ControlPort unix:/tmp/tor-datadir-909036443/control-socket SocksPort auto SafeLogging 0 Log info file /tmp/tor-datadir-909036443/tor.log DataDirectory /tmp/tor-datadir-909036443 ClientTransportPlugin obfs2,obfs3,obfs4,scramblesuit exec /usr/bin/obfs4proxy Bridge obfs4 126.96.36.199:443 CDF2E852BF539B82BD10E27E9115A31734E378C2 cert=qUVQ0srL1JI/vO6V6m/24anYXiJD3QP2HgzUKQtQ7GRqqUvs7P+tG43RtAqdhLOALP7DJQ iat-mode=1 Bridge obfs4 188.8.131.52:27015 2D82C2E354D531A68469ADF7F878FA6060C6BACA cert=4TLQPJrTSaDffMK7Nbao6LC7G9OW/NHkUwIdjLSS3KYf0Nv4/nQiiI8dY2TcsQx01NniOg iat-mode=0 Bridge obfs4 184.108.40.206:38224 D9A82D2F9C2F65A18407B1D2B764F130847F8B5D cert=bjRaMrr1BRiAW8IE9U5z27fQaYgOhX1UCmOpg2pFpoMvo6ZgQMzLsaTzzQNTlm7hNcb+Sg iat-mode=0
SETCONFto configure N bridges at a time and gave tor a maximum of 60 seconds to receive the respective
NEWDESCevents. If we didn't get a
NEWDESCevent in time, we label a bridge as "timed out." Once we hit the 60 second timeout, bridgestrap immediately
SETCONFs the next batch of bridges.
For N=25, 721 (56.68%) out of 1,272 bridges were reachable (I tested a fairly old cached-extrainfo file). For N=100, 542 (42.61%) out of 1,272 bridges were reachable. When increasing the timeout to 120 seconds, the results for N=100 improve and we're seeing 673 (52.91%) out of 1,272 functional.
Note that we don't have ground truth about bridge reachability. I don't think the data has many (or any) false positives but it's likely to have false negatives.
I'm attaching the bridgestrap logs for N=25/60s, N=100/60s, and N=100/120s. @arma, you want to pay attention to the log lines that begin with
S:. These are control port interactions.
C: should be limited to bridgestrap doing a
S: is limited to