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Re: widget v3

Post by crimghost » Thu Mar 22, 2018 3:01 am

That's a no on both. It works fine as long as DNSCrypt is disabled. I hope I can resolve this though.
I like DNSCrypt and appreciate your help and the time you have taken developing the widget and all of it's features for us. I'm looking forward to seeing what else is coming. I just bought another 1yr token today. :)

Re: widget v3

Post by df » Tue Mar 20, 2018 9:40 pm

When you first open the widget or when you exit settings, does DNS get set to even if the DNSCrypt option is disabled?

Re: widget v3

Post by crimghost » Fri Mar 16, 2018 11:55 am

It no longer changes my DNS to when I exit the widget, but it still changes it to that when I first open the widget every time and once I exit settings to go back to the main screen of the widget. Also, the random port checkbox must be selected every time the widget is opened. It will not stay selected once the widget is closed then reopened.

Re: widget v3

Post by df » Tue Mar 06, 2018 8:08 pm

New widget build released just now, v3.13.
Those of you on v3.12, you should get a prompt informing you of the new version then asking you if you want to upgrade.
For anyone else not already using the widget (or using < v3.12), it's available at https://cryptostorm.is/cryptostorm_setup.exe with hashes @ https://cryptostorm.is/cryptostorm_setup.exe.txt

Included in this latest widget is access to the new ECC (Elliptic-Curve Cryptography) instances, which use the strongest available crypto OpenVPN 2.4.x has to offer. You can turn on this feature by going to Options -> Security and selecting the "Use ECC instances" checkbox. Only for 64 bit Windows, since these features require OpenVPN 2.4.x, which has dropped support for 32 bit Windows.
The server/CA certificate for these instances is also using EC, which means smaller key size with better (or equivalent) crypto, which generally means better speeds.
More info about these instances can be found at https://github.com/cryptostorm/cryptost ... master/ecc
and if you want to learn more about the specific configuration directives used, there's comments on almost every line of each of those configs explaining them.

Also included is a killswitch! You can turn it on under Options -> Security then clicking "Enable killswitch".
It'll turn on when you press the Back button to go back to the main window.
It uses Windows firewall to block everything except our VPN server IPs and our DNS IPs, so if your internet disconnects or your connection to the VPN is severed, you won't leak anything to the internet.
Of course, since this is Windows, I would still recommend using an external device to implement your own killswitch on your router/firewall, since it's known that Microsoft has the ability to remove firewall rules remotely.

The other changes are mostly bug fixes, such as better handling of DNS settings when switching to/from dnscrypt-proxy. This should fix the problem people were having where DNS was getting left at after exiting the widget.

Source code is up at https://github.com/cryptostorm/cstorm_w ... /client.pl if anyone's interested.

Re: widget v3

Post by crimghost » Tue Jan 30, 2018 11:14 pm

Also, "network reset" in windows 10 Network and Internet settings no longer repairs the issue, for me. It has in the past though so some may want to try it. Just open network and internet settings scroll all the way to the bottom and there it is. The system will reboot and may or may not fix your issues.

Re: widget v3

Post by crimghost » Tue Jan 30, 2018 8:53 am

The same thing is happening to me that Moonlight is describing. "Obtain DNS server automatically" must be set manually back every time I disconnect or get disconnected from cryptostorm before I can reconnect to the internet or to cryptostorm. Sometimes the widget leaves the DNS that it set from DNScrypt. Sometimes it's
It's been like this for me since the last big build update to Windows 10 64 bit

Re: widget v3

Post by Moonlight » Mon Jan 29, 2018 11:35 am


Win 10 Pro OS Build 16299.192

CS widget 3.12



DNS set to (Switzerland)

Clicking connect getting error message within the widget:

Cannot resolve windows-switzerland-cryptostorm.net:443 (No such host is known. )
This usually means something is wrong with your DNS settings.

Also not getting immediately another windows with the error message:

Error: Cannot resolve windows-switzerland.cstorm.pw

While the widget is still open with the error message, I go the DNS settings which are now I change them to Obtain DNS server address automatically, and click connect again, and it is now connecting.

Had I exited the widget after the error message and then change the DNS to Obtain DNS server address automatically, I would get the same error connection message.

This happens every morning (after overnight shutdown of the PC and modem) since the change over from the Narwhal widget. When the PC and modem are shutdown during the day (for a couple of hours), no issue reconnecting.

Don't know if and how this issue can be fixed.


2. When I lose connection I am not getting immediately (it is taking a long time and it does not come on top) on top of everything another windows with the error message (like for the Narwhal widget):

Error: Cannot resolve windows-switzerland.cstorm.pw

I become aware of the lost connection because pages are no longer loading and the small widget icon in the taskbar has discreetly become red.

Would appreciate if this issue can be looked into and possibly resolved with the next release.

Thank you.

Re: widget v3

Post by BonusWavePilot » Fri Dec 29, 2017 7:55 am

New client seems to be working pretty well!

It does still tend to crash if you put the PC to sleep while it is running though. (Win 7 laptop) That isn't a huge issue in itself, as the old version used to fairly reliably die or get confused when sleeping too. Fair enough - if it is disconnected for a while the VPN connection is bound to drop. What *is* more of an issue is that it fails open now.

So if I restore my lappie from sleep, the client is minimised in the taskbar and refuses to be restored, I am no longer connected to the VPN, and (unprotected) Internet access is working. Previously when the client had a connection error, it would also break Internet access in general until it was closed.

Re: widget v3

Post by carsol » Fri Dec 29, 2017 1:53 am

and after downloading a new version (3.12) it works again :-)

Re: widget v3

Post by carsol » Wed Dec 27, 2017 5:00 pm

redman wrote:i opened cryptostorm a couple of days ago and it asked and performed an update. Since then I have not been able to connect, it hangs at the point "Logging into the darknet". I have uninstall and reinstalled with no luck. I have also removed OpenVPN and halted the AV software during the re-installation. How do I get the logs to see what is causing the issue as area where the logs are usually visible is black. I am running Windows 10 32 bit version.

This is exactly where it al stops for me :-(
(but i try the paid servers)

Re: widget v3

Post by redman » Wed Dec 27, 2017 4:35 am

i opened cryptostorm a couple of days ago and it asked and performed an update. Since then I have not been able to connect, it hangs at the point "Logging into the darknet". I have uninstall and reinstalled with no luck. I have also removed OpenVPN and halted the AV software during the re-installation. How do I get the logs to see what is causing the issue as area where the logs are usually visible is black. I am running Windows 10 32 bit version.

Re: widget v3

Post by DpFH » Mon Nov 06, 2017 3:51 pm

noticed this too but unsure of your present OS type...
This happens if you are also running another DNScrypt instance.

with simplednscrypt (windoze) you will just need to re-select your earlier dnscrypt enabled servers from the dropdown menu.
And to re-select the adapters for which dnscrypt has temporarily changed ie the TAP/tun adapters and LAN adapter

Then, if other nameserver values still remain ,
you only have to remove-and-reinstall the DNSCrypt service.

through a few mouse clicks (and there is no need to uninstall/reinstall the present dnscrypt software you are using).

If the service is up and listening on the correct ports

Primary nameserver ---------> (port 53) and

sec. nameserver #2 ------------------->

the gui is easiest route if unsure about terminal based commands.

Those with only the dnscrypt-proxy service installed have to type the stuff via the console/terminal method. Or restart the service under "Services"

Next you could try :

/nslookup cryptostorm.is

to determine the current resolvers

Re: widget v3

Post by LazyAss » Fri Nov 03, 2017 9:58 pm

Is there an "undo" batch file or instructions anywhere?

It seems this version of the launcher can leave you with strange DNS settings after it's uninstalled, even if you deselect dnscrypt before uninstalling it.

Presumably it tweaks other settings as well that aren't properly reset to defaults.

Re: widget v3

Post by saenta » Tue Oct 10, 2017 12:18 pm

Hey, just joined cryptostorm last weak, I've a question, will there be a client based on opoenvpn 2.4?
Also how are plans going for an android client?
It's pretty awesome what a great service with many good Ideas you build!
Realy looking forward what you will create in the future!

Re: widget v3

Post by JTD121 » Mon Aug 14, 2017 5:40 am

@df, Y'know, I don't know what the issue was, but I restarted this specific laptop and just tried again, and it worked without a hitch.

Previously I made sure the client.exe and csvpn EXEs weren't running, so maybe it was pending OS updates?

Since we're on the subject, any updates past

Re: widget v3

Post by df » Sat Aug 12, 2017 5:37 pm

Do you get that error when running cryptostorm_setup.exe? If so, you should exit the widget before you begin the installation. Windows can't overwrite client.exe if it's already running. Although, the installation should detect if the widget is already running and ask if it's okay to close it before attempting to overwrite it.

Re: widget v3

Post by JTD121 » Sat Aug 12, 2017 4:36 pm

So just looking for an update, and it looks like I can't upgrade the client? Even running as admin on Windows 8.1 gives me the following error:


Of course, watching that file, it gets created, and what looks like a temp file, and then this error pops up. So something is trying to change the client.exe before this happens.

Any ideas?

Re: widget v3

Post by df » Tue Jul 18, 2017 12:45 am

If anyone is still using XP, they clearly don't care about security.
You could argue that Microsoft updates doesn't equate to security (which is accurate), but since XP hasn't received security patches for several years now, using it under any pretense is just plain dumb.
Maybe in a system/VM that's offline, or behind such a restrictive firewall that nothing's possible... but then what's the point?

Re: widget v3

Post by ATurtle » Mon Jul 17, 2017 11:55 pm

Glad to see that XP is finally being killed off by providers!

Re: widget v3

Post by rwilcher » Sat Jun 24, 2017 5:30 am

Thank you very much.

Re: widget v3

Post by df » Thu Jun 22, 2017 12:20 am

The latest one is always at https://cryptostorm.is/cryptostorm_setup.exe

Re: widget v3

Post by rwilcher » Wed Jun 21, 2017 5:22 pm

What is the correct v3 widget I should get ? Confusing.

Re: widget v3

Post by df » Mon Jun 19, 2017 12:41 am

Just built a new widget v3.0.0.72 that includes code that now saves that connect timeout value (Under "Options" -> "Connecting") so it's remembered on restart.

Also OpenVPN/OpenSSL binaries/libraries upgraded to 2.3.16/1.0.2l.

Latest hashes for https://cryptostorm.is/cryptostorm_setup.exe -
crc32: 6fe993a6
md4: 2c09931daadb7ac8e88401422364c0ea
md5: 47a1d8d88fbe1c9b8655669af25f65a9
ripemd160: 0d233cd5f3c4842c772df06f2ebb4d42eccf93d0
sha1: b87c4cf014e70b8eabb462d2330388f9f87ce4a8
sha256: f9cabb029ea14a30feff44a33ed2ec8b73f9508d5840eb0bb495b7ab6bf4e083
sha384: ded51f638c8cef40a9a2ea268360d90ef213e6bf049a5aa5e427f027bc867ea2e65e767a332d9a564110b168903bab00
sha512: 3b6f4e4c14880f77dd980edcd9bbb414d83ed183a8dce91c9801858d6cedc53ceea1acb39bb567fa4f0b0e8ae3aded3f03858790d6efdd3805a7a9f687a828e0
wpool512: e407fe382d3f31d3189b0f237feb41a6541e7be1e5f1dfbfa75d6baedeae1ff815af2d32f2a3a8f6b5c16ddee18926443a5364e0d096150682bf9c1179aa4342

XP is no longer supported. Anyone still on XP will have to stay on the older v2.22, which won't receive any new updates, unless some horribly vulnerable issue is discovered in the openvpn/openssl that version uses.
It's usually a bad idea to provide backwards compatibility for an OS version that stopped receiving security updates several years ago.
I do plan on doing more tests regarding the different ways internet can be disconnected and how to detect it so the widget responds accordingly.
Same goes for the different CPU features and architectures, and the systray issues that seem to vary by Windows version.

Re: widget v3

Post by rwilcher » Mon Jun 05, 2017 12:17 am

I have been running v3 for 3 days now. Have seen no instability
under Windows 10. Works like a champ so far.

Re: widget v3

Post by KungFuChe » Sun May 14, 2017 11:37 am

UPDATE: a cable fault was determined to be the cause of hang at splash screen (need to trap PHY errors)

Also noticed some state corruption related to suspend/resume. Observed the following issues:

- widget appears in tray but connection is not routed through VPN
- widget disappears from tray but VPN connnection still active
- widget crashes on exit request and clearnet connectivity is not restored (but can reconnect to VPN if widget is relaunched)

+ Suggest testing for OS/CPU compatibility

(example: dont install latest TAP driver on XP/POSready, dont install binaries with SSE2 instructions on unsupported CPU)

PS - forum says you can edit your posts but edit button does not appear at the next login

launch & resume bugs

Post by KungFuChe » Fri May 05, 2017 3:52 pm

some good progress is being made on the widget here but i see a major issue on some 32 bit platforms:

client.exe hangs at splash screen with high CPU load
(the initial window with the controls does not appear)
then it constantly retries some I/O read operation - looks like it might involve a call to mswsock.dll (WSPStartup)
this produces a memory leak: client.exe allocates +1 MB every 2 seconds until system halts
nothing related is seen in event log

not really looking for old platform support - just pointing out that v2 was working so if you are going to fail now lets make a clean exit

on other platforms where it works, i see some issues with suspend / resume:
upon resuming client.exe is still running and it appears in tray
- but nothing happens when you click on it (and https://cryptostorm.is/test fails)
so the user must manually test connectivity every time the machine wakes
need some way to fail safe (= no access without VPN)

Re: widget v3

Post by Elf » Wed Apr 26, 2017 3:06 am

Is it possible to get a comprehensive comparative of issues that the windows widged is supposed to fixes and features added that might not exist or lack on linux/mac osx with other clients?

Im a recent CS user on OSX with tunnelblick and as relative novice I would like to be informed if I can try to improve things on my side? Already disables ipv6 altogether :p


Re: widget v3

Post by dabb » Tue Apr 25, 2017 12:04 am

Currently using Tunnelblick and dropped by to make a little prayer for a mac/linux port of widget :) Much love x

Re: widget v3

Post by df » Mon Apr 17, 2017 9:25 am

Just as parityboy said, Windows requires more effort to make things more secure/anonymous.
It's non-trivial to run DNSCrypt along with OpenVPN while also blocking DNS, WebRTC/STUN/ICE, and IPv6 leaks in Windows.
On Linux, it is trivial. Plus, most of the issues that the Windows Widget fixes don't even exist in Linux.

MD5 and SHA1 are considered broken, but in order for someone to perform a collision (like if they were able to manipulate the cryptostorm_setup.exe file and wanted to get past integrity checks), they would have to cause the other hashes to change too (md5 collision would change the sha1 and sha512 hashes, sha1 collision would change the md5 and sha512 hashes, etc.). That's why you should check all 3 hashes.
Even so, here's the sha256 hash of the last build (v3.0.0.71): d93e388f90b8177f3dcc16365e25c575f1be64df7a6a1b9caca13bbae87f1733

The only reason I'm still including SHA1 and MD5 hashes is that there's a lot of free products (like https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/downloa ... x?id=11533 ) that only does MD5 and SHA1, and a lot of people are probably using one of those programs.

If anyone out there is using one of those programs that only supports MD5 or SHA1, try out https://sourceforge.net/projects/simplehasher/
It's free and supports a lot more ciphers (more than I've provided for the .exe actually), and is pretty easy to use.

Re: widget v3

Post by parityboy » Sun Apr 16, 2017 2:40 am


Most Linux users know enough to handle their security issues in terms of firewalls, leaks etc. Not only that, but also consider that those security features are in the widget because...Windows. However, you do have a point: as desktop Linux becomes more popular, that popularity will be represented by users who are not as familiar with Linux and network security as us *nix heads are.

Re: widget v3

Post by justintime » Sun Apr 16, 2017 1:50 am

I'm a bit shocked/surprised that there is ONLY a windows widget version. CS has always prided itself on being as secure as possible, and I don't understand why that wouldn't include Unix? The windows widget has many added security features...

But anyone who is REALLY concerned with security, is either running it on Linux, or on their router which means they cannot take advantage of any of these extra security enhancements.

I left CS a year ago, waiting for this to be released, but it still hasn't happened yet :(

It just feels wrong on so many levels.

Re: widget v3

Post by parityboy » Fri Apr 14, 2017 10:21 pm


Why are you still posting MD5 signatures for the widget? Would it not be better to deprecate it and replace it with SHA-256, if you still want to provide 3 hashes?

Just a thought. :)

Re: widget v3

Post by JTD121 » Thu Apr 13, 2017 3:42 pm

Great update! Installing now!

Re: widget v3

Post by Khariz » Thu Apr 13, 2017 9:30 am

Nice update! Thanks.

Re: widget v3

Post by df » Thu Apr 13, 2017 9:28 am

New widget build out, v3.0.0.71

md5: 6bf40dd09b2b7851849e5630e24f7121
sha1: 747e75eaaa623f5dcbbd6ed22430d4f5235989ee
sha512: 31bb34f65c73788e7f5149c295f649ad5b6ca6b07f2d113891bf64d2007efdee648473a127ff7bb868314b4e5e2c340fc028aaa81babee3d11d402440518843f

Up at the usual places, https://cryptostorm.is/cryptostorm_setup.exe and https://b.unni.es/cryptostorm_setup.exe

The main feature in this build is better closing of the openvpn process, so your session counter will decrease instantly when you disconnect or exit.
In all the previous builds it was doing an 'unclean' kill of that process, which meant the server didn't recognize your disconnect until the server-side openvpn timed out the connection, which takes 2 minutes.
Now it should happen instantly, so no more auth failures when you quickly disconnect/reconnect.

The other feature is in Options -> Connecting, you can now specify that 60 second connect timeout to something a little higher if you need more than 60 seconds to connect (like if on bad WiFi).

Re: widget v3

Post by JTD121 » Thu Mar 30, 2017 4:51 pm

@crimghost, you should come along into the IRC Support channel. We lurk and talk about random stuff, sometimes actually support new users such as yourself :)

Re: widget v3

Post by crimghost » Thu Mar 30, 2017 8:35 am

Well, I fixed it.
Windows Settings, Network & Internet, in the Status tab all the way at the bottom click "Network reset". It auto reboots the system and then after that it was fixed.
Sorry for the confusion, and for cluttering your thread here when the problem was on my end.

PS I ended up buying a 1 year token with CS. Very impressive service. Nothing else came close after extensive research and testing.

Re: widget v3

Post by crimghost » Wed Mar 29, 2017 12:46 pm

Some other weird things about it:
My connection to the internet works if I also go down a digit as well. So, if I changed ***.**.147.76 to ***.**.147.75 That change also repairs the connection. So one digit either up or down makes it work

When I use the v3 client to connect at the end I get the green bar that says I'm connected and no errors are reported even though I cannot browse the internet with any standard browser. Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Brave Browser all don't work. Tor Browser however, does work even before any changes are made by me manually to the Primary DNS IP address.

The only thing that I've installed recently was mullvad's windows client, in order to compare VPN services. That has since been completely uninstalled and the system has been rebooted, and the problem remains.

Re: widget v3

Post by df » Wed Mar 29, 2017 3:45 am

The widget does manually set the DNS if DNSCrypt is enabled. Everything else is done via TAP, but there might be some code still in there that's leftover from before --block-outside-dns was implemented into OpenVPN, back when the widget had to do the DNS leak blocks itself.

That is very weird. There's nothing in the code that does any sort of math against any DNSCrypt server IP, and the DNS server IP you get when you connect is pushed directly from the server...
You sure you're not running any other software that might be modifying your DNS settings?

Re: widget v3

Post by Khariz » Wed Mar 29, 2017 3:25 am

I find that exceptionally weird considering the fact that the widget should not be manually setting the DNS IP to the actual servers IP address anyway, it should be sending it to the tap adapter gateway. I wonder if some setting is being pushed differently from the servers than it used to be.

Re: widget v3

Post by crimghost » Wed Mar 29, 2017 3:03 am

I've run into a problem where when I connect to Cryptostorm service, no matter which server I connect to, the v3 client sets my preferred DNS server 1 digit too low. So my browser cannot connect to the internet until I go into Windows 10 settings and manually increase the final digit on the right 1 digit higher than client v3 sets it automatically.
To be clear if client v3.0.0.67 sets my preferred DNS to ***.**.147.76 I cannot connect until I go in and manually set my preferred DNS to ***.**.147.77 instead. Every server I've tried works fine once I make this change though.

Re: widget v3

Post by Khariz » Mon Feb 20, 2017 6:15 am

It's no big deal for me to click no. I'm only getting disconnected like once a week now that thestuff from that disconnect thread seems to be sorted out.

Re: widget v3

Post by df » Mon Feb 20, 2017 5:59 am

Eh, I haven't been maintaining the previous versions though since these v3 betas were never really intended to be released, at least not until it got out of beta. So each new build is uploaded to the same place, overwriting the previous. The only way to get .66 would be if you already downloaded it and still have it saved, or if I built a new .68 that used ovpn 2.4 instead of 2.3.

Re: widget v3

Post by marzametal » Mon Feb 20, 2017 5:53 am

Khariz wrote:I'm keeping the 2.4 widget. It works great for me on Windows 10. I just keep answering no when it asks me to "upgrade" to 2.3

Maybe you could roll back to .66 which has 2.4... saves you clicking No all the time.

Re: widget v3

Post by Khariz » Mon Feb 20, 2017 4:11 am

I'm keeping the 2.4 widget. It works great for me on Windows 10. I just keep answering no when it asks me to "upgrade" to 2.3

Re: widget v3

Post by df » Mon Feb 20, 2017 4:08 am

I'm not sure, it was working fine on my win10 test VM.
Maybe an OpenVPN 2.4 bug that only affects certain configurations?

Re: widget v3

Post by bricus » Sat Feb 11, 2017 9:11 am

V3 is working again, thanks.
If it’s ever known, I’m curious to know why OpenVPN 2.4.0 is/was crashing – even if I won’t understand.

Re: widget v3

Post by astudy » Fri Feb 10, 2017 11:36 pm

I can't explain.....but I just downloaded the v3 widget again and I'm now connected and the screen shot below is showing green. Thanks for all your work and responses. I'm just happy this is finally working.

Re: widget v3

Post by astudy » Fri Feb 10, 2017 10:31 pm

hmm....I downloaded the one just posted and it connected but then I go to my browser to navigate to my email and I'm not connected to the internet at all???

Very strange....I tried the OpenVPN route and the same thing is happening. After connecting to a cryptostorm server I no longer have internet connection.

I've disabled all of my AV programs during the process.

Re: widget v3

Post by df » Fri Feb 10, 2017 8:28 pm

Tested with somebody, and for whatever reason OpenVPN 2.4.0 kept crashing on them.
So I just released v3.0.0.67 that's downgraded to OpenVPN 2.3.14, it'll most likely fix this issue for anyone else still having problems with v3.0.0.66.

Latest v3.0.0.67 @ https://cryptostorm.is/cryptostorm_setup.exe & https://b.unni.es/cryptostorm_setup.exe

Re: widget v3

Post by df » Fri Feb 10, 2017 1:24 pm

It sounds like people had problems with the csvpn.exe (openvpn 2.4.0) that got pushed in the last update.
It worked for me on Win10, but just in case I reuploaded the same openvpn/openssl binaries/libraries that I had locally onto all the servers so that they would get pushed instead.

For those still having this issue, uninstall/reinstall v3.0.0.66 and connect, then accept the update when it pops up and it should upgrade to openvpn 2.4.0 + openssl 1.0.2k just fine.

If you're still getting stuck at "Logging into darknet" even after trying the above, my guess is that you have an AV program running in the background that's deleting csvpn.exe or ossl.exe after it gets downloaded because the action appears to be malicious (granted, it is suspicious for a .exe to get downloaded like that). So if you've got any sort of AV running, add "C:\Program Files (x86)\Cryptostorm Client\" to your exclusion list.

Re: widget v3

Post by bricus » Thu Feb 09, 2017 12:55 am

Thanks for the various responses, and good to know I’m not the only one.
I just tested on Win10, so I have this issue on Win7 and Win10.

Re: widget v3

Post by Quark55 » Wed Feb 08, 2017 9:52 pm

I have the same problem as the others above. After some auto update yesterday it stopped working. I have reinstalled (build so on but it dosent work and i am using Win10. Someone wrote that it worked on Win10... not for me. Same error it loads and then stoppes on logging into darknet.. then only reconnect every 60 sek. I have checked my key and it is still valid for 45 Days.

Re: widget v3

Post by astudy » Wed Feb 08, 2017 9:38 pm

I've been using widget v3 for months and it has been solid. All of a sudden last night it automatically stalled on connection. I tried to restart it and it kept coming back with the yellow bar 'took longer than 60 seconds to connect'.

I've now completed all of the task below with the same yellow bar continuing to plague me:
updated nodes
restarted the widget
installed the widget all over again
restarted my computer

If anyone has any updates on why this could be happening I'd greatly appreciate it. I have to admit that since August when I purchased I feel like I've had a lot of problems and not much on the way of help.

Re: widget v3

Post by Khariz » Wed Feb 08, 2017 12:37 pm

I know this isn't helpful to you guys having problems with the newest widget, but I just wanted to report that everything is working fine for me in Windows 10.

Re: widget v3

Post by turbz » Wed Feb 08, 2017 12:00 pm

Same here, happened before and reinstall fixed it, but not this time :/

Re: widget v3

Post by marzametal » Wed Feb 08, 2017 10:04 am

bricus wrote:Hi,

I was on a previous v3 build, and since several updates happened within the widget, I’m not able to use a v3 build any more – well, I just have the v3.0.0.66 to test.
It stops at the “Logging into the darknet” step, no log is visible, just a black square.
Is there a way to get the log elsewhere?
Widget v2.22 is working.

Thanks in advance for any help.

I am having the same issue. Tracked it down to csvpn.exe (the openvpn version - openvpn.exe after renaming to csvpn.exe also misbehaves)

Re: widget v3

Post by bricus » Wed Feb 08, 2017 8:09 am


I was on a previous v3 build, and since several updates happened within the widget, I’m not able to use a v3 build any more – well, I just have the v3.0.0.66 to test.
It stops at the “Logging into the darknet” step, no log is visible, just a black square.
Is there a way to get the log elsewhere?
Widget v2.22 is working.

Thanks in advance for any help.

Re: widget v3

Post by Khariz » Wed Feb 08, 2017 6:58 am

After install, restart computer too. Sometimes there is nothing I can do to get that to work once it starts malfunctioning besides a restart.

Re: widget v3

Post by JTD121 » Wed Feb 08, 2017 6:56 am

Hm....Just upgraded to, and upon starting I get an OpenVPN Daemon has stopped working error on Win8.1

Complete uninstall/reinstall?

Re: widget v3

Post by df » Tue Feb 07, 2017 10:11 am

That's intended. The widget detects hibernate/suspend and disconnects the VPN since internet gets killed anyways when that happens. When the computer wakes up, the widget detects that too and will reconnect the VPN if you were connected before the hibernate. If you weren't connected to the VPN before hibernate, it'll still set the DNS to the local DNSCrypt server (, unless you have DNSCrypt disabled.

@Everyone else
Latest widget build is v3.0.0.66, which fixes a small bug where when auto-updating the dnscrypt-resolvers.csv file, it would delete the openssl + openvpn .exe's too if also upgrading those.
There was a v3.0.0.65 that was on the web site for about a minute, but it was quickly removed because of a bug where the upgrade process broke due to a temporary directory not being created correctly. So if anyone downloaded it in the short time it was there, upgrade to v3.0.0.66.

Hashes for v3.0.0.66 are:


Included is the latest nodelist, dnscrypt resolvers, openssl, and openvpn.
As usual, the latest build can be found at https://cryptostorm.is/cryptostorm_setup.exe or https://b.unni.es/cryptostorm_setup.exe

Side note:
Right now I'm trying to change the node list update code since it still does a simple/lazy grab of https://cryptostorm.nu/nodelist3.txt , which means if cryptostorm.nu goes down or someone is able to do an HTTPS MitM against you, you won't be able to update your node list (or in the MiTM case, someone could point you to a malicious VPN server). I think a solution to that problem would be to only allow updating of the node list after connected to the VPN, so it would grab nodelist3.txt from a local copy stored on node itself, via the VPN tunnel. For people who don't have tokens yet, the feature would also work on Cryptofree.

And yes, I still plan on adding a killswitch function in the near future. If I can't get the code I'm working on now to play nicely with Windows, or if it's going to end up taking much longer than it already has, I'll most likely just slap together something using WFP or Windows Firewall. Not as efficient as I'd like, but it would be functional enough for most people.

Re: widget v3

Post by JJ » Wed Feb 01, 2017 10:17 pm

In addition to my earlier message: it looks as if there is also something with the widget. Not sure if that's the case, but when my laptop restarts after a hibernate mode, the DNS-server setting of my network adapter is changed in a local one: With the widget activated the adapter setting on IP4 is the CS DNS-server of the country I selected.

Re: widget v3

Post by JJ » Wed Feb 01, 2017 3:16 am

df wrote:@JJ
It looks like dnscrypt is running correctly. I guess try doing the same thing the widget would do (from cmd):
nslookup windows-balancer.cstorm.pw
That'll lookup the first windows balancer against dnscrypt.

But as Khariz said, you could just disable dnscrypt since you're not facing any adversaries that are capable of causing problems via DNS.

OK. Thamks for this information. In the meantime (after hours of frustration and trial and error) I found out that my Kaspersky Internet Security was responsible for these problems. After consulting their Support crew I found a solution that is working with DNS-crypt enabled. Thanks for your support and keep up the good work.

Re: widget v3

Post by df » Mon Jan 30, 2017 1:11 pm

Probably not very soon, I'm still working on the widget for Windows.
But I do plan on starting a Linux widget after v3 is officially released, which shouldn't be long now.

When I do begin the Linux widget, I'll probably just start from the Windows widget's code and begin hacking off a big portion of the code since a lot of it is unnecessary on Linux because Linux handles certain things in a sane manner (process signals, threading, a non-horrible firewall, etc.).

Re: widget v3

Post by Guest404 » Sun Jan 29, 2017 8:30 am

Sorry to be a pain, but is the widget going to come to Linux anytime soon?

Re: widget v3

Post by df » Fri Jan 20, 2017 9:22 pm

It looks like dnscrypt is running correctly. I guess try doing the same thing the widget would do (from cmd):
nslookup windows-balancer.cstorm.pw
That'll lookup the first windows balancer against dnscrypt.

But as Khariz said, you could just disable dnscrypt since you're not facing any adversaries that are capable of causing problems via DNS.

Re: widget v3

Post by JJ » Fri Jan 20, 2017 12:29 pm

@df - Thanks for your info and your efforts to help me through this.
When I enter this command I receive mainly INFO (no errors):
[INFO] [cs-fr] does not support DNS security extensions
+ namecoins domains can be resolved
+ provider supposedly doesn't keep logs
[Notice] starting dnscrypt-proxy 1.6.0
Generating a new session keypair
Server certificate #..... received
This certificate looks valid
Server key fingerprint is .........
[Notice] Proxying from to

Looks to me it is working OK. Or? What to do now?

@Khariz - no such case

Re: widget v3

Post by Khariz » Fri Jan 20, 2017 7:20 am

Unless you are trying to avoid a government level adversary, turning off dns crypt isn't going to mess you up at all.

Re: widget v3

Post by df » Fri Jan 20, 2017 6:58 am

It could also be that something else (an AV maybe?) is closing dnscrypt-proxy.exe for whatever reason.
Either that or dnscrypt-proxy is spitting out an unexpected error.
A way to test would be to open up a cmd prompt as Administrator and run:

"C:\Program Files (x86)\Cryptostorm Client\bin\dnscrypt-proxy" -R cs-fr

and see if dnscrypt-proxy spits out any errors.

As for disabling dnscrypt, it will make your pre-connect DNS requests less secure, but it's highly unlikely that an attacker would be able to do anything more than a DoS against you (maybe to prevent you from accessing the VPN).

Re: widget v3

Post by JJ » Fri Jan 20, 2017 1:09 am

@df Used Currports to check if port 53 is used by another program at but that is also not the case.

Re: widget v3

Post by JJ » Fri Jan 20, 2017 12:56 am

@df Thanks for your response. I do not have a local DNS-server/proxy etc.. Is the widget adapted to block when this is the case?
What is the risk of disabling DNS-crypt?? I understood that it was meant to improve privacy/security. What if it is permanently disabled?

Re: widget v3

Post by mmm » Thu Jan 19, 2017 11:21 pm

bro .. are you using SimpleDNSCrypt or another windows dnscrypt resolver ? .. i might be facing this too. i'll check again.

Re: widget v3

Post by df » Thu Jan 19, 2017 3:23 pm

The only thing I can think of that would cause that is if something else is already listening on (such as a local DNS server/proxy/cache).
Currently, the widget doesn't check to make sure port 53 is available on
I'll add that to the next build, so if something is using that port already, it'll popup a message telling you about it then it'll disable DNSCrypt. Maybe if it doesn't add too much additional code, I could also have it tell you which program is already listening on

Re: widget v3

Post by JJ » Thu Jan 19, 2017 3:43 am

OK. Another few hours of puzzling. Just found out that when I disable DSN-crypt in the widget, it is possible to connect to CS VPN without any errors. What does this mean? Is there an error in the DNS-crypt list? Or?

Re: widget v3

Post by JJ » Tue Jan 17, 2017 4:07 am

Many thanks for your thorough response. For me it is rather technical, (too technical) so I am not sure if I understand it all correct. But I use Kaspersky Internet Security. So far never had a problem with it. Wonder why this schould be the case with widget3 and off course, what I can do about it.


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