1. Enable Automatic Updates for Packages
One of the most imported things to keeps your relay secure is to install security updates timely and ideally automatically so you can not forget about it. Follow the instructions to enable automatic software updates for your operating system.
This article considers we have already a base installation of FreeBSD running, and only the base system (here, we are running 12.0-RELEASE). That means we do not have any packages installed neither the
pkg packages manager itself (there's no
sudo available - we are running commands as root).
To bootstrap and install
pkg we should run the following command:
pkg update -f
2.1. Recommended Steps to Setup
To follow upstream updates in a "faster way" we recommend changing the 'quarterly' branch used by
pkg to its 'latest' branch.
One additional step is to prefer using HTTPS to fetch our packages, and updates - so here we also need an extra package to help us out (ca_root_nss).
pkg install ca_root_nss
We are keeping the original setting used by
pkg but setting a new one that will override it, so we set up a new directory and than create a configuration file to override what we need. This configuration file will be
Creating the new directory:
mkdir -p /usr/local/etc/pkg/repos
This is how the new configuration file
/usr/local/etc/pkg/repos/FreeBSD.conf must look like:
After applying all these changes, we update the packages list again and try to check if there's already a new update to apply:
pkg update -f
pkg upgrade -y -f
tor FreeBSD's Package
Here we can choose to install the latest stable version, like:
pkg install tor
... or install an alpha release:
pkg install tor-devel
This is a very simple version of the
torrc configuration file in order to run a Middle/Guard relay on the Tor network:
Nickname myBSDRelay # Change your relay's nickname to something you like
ContactInfo your@email # Please write your email address and be aware that it will be published
ORPort 443 # You might want to use/try a different port, should you want to
Log notice syslog
net.inet.ip.random_id is enabled:
echo "net.inet.ip.random_id=1" >> /etc/sysctl.conf
Here we set
tor to start at boot time and use the setuid feature, in order to bind to lower ports like 443 (the daemon itself will still run as a regular non-privileged user).
service tor start
7. Final Notes
If you are having troubles setting up your relay, have a look at our help section. If your relay is now running, check out the post-install notes.