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widget version 2.22 ('sexy narwhal') released in the wild | 4.2.2020

Postby cryptostorm_team » Wed Feb 04, 2020 7:08 pm

{direct links: cryptostorm.org/sexynar}
version update: this post now carries the installer for version 2.22 - full changelog in process


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Our latest release of the cryptostorm network access widget, version 2.2, picked up the nickname 'sexy narwhal' as part of our cryptostorm² project anniversary shenanigans. With Valentine's Day just around the corner, the 2.x 'Narwhal' theme was inevitably going to get a bit frisky. Thar she blows, indeed... :mrgreen:

It is not difficult to see that this release has brought together more improvements, extensions, refinements, & efficiency improvements than all previous widget upgrades combined. This progress is the direct result of generous feedback and assistance on the part of dozens of cryptostorm membes & those in the security tech community who have given generously of their time & expertise to help this project continue its groundbreaking embrace of serious security technology in a widely-accessible, LEO-hardened, decentralised structure.


Specifically, improvements include:

new features added this release...
    ☂ transparent TCP/UDP preference selection per session
    ☂ full support for torstorm transparent, traffic correlation attack-resistent Tor hidden services access
    ☂ seamless in-browser access to namecoin-enabled .bit domain names
    ☂ full integration into HAF-based gateway cluster & balancer capabilities
    ☂ full, four-TLD nameserver resolution redundancy implemented for all clusters & balancers
    ☂ complete elimination of the webRTC browser IP leak, whenever connected to cryptostorm
    ☂ support for Stochastic Port Assignment (SPaS) on-connect
    ☂ layered defences against leaked IPv6 packets, via proractive tunnelling & local nullrouting
    ☂ addition of further syntax to enforce Windows kernel's use of correct (pushed) DNS resolvers
    ☂ full upstream support for cryptostorms dnschain/dnscurve-enabled Icelandic resolvers
    ☂ minor tuning of caching/queueing syntax to support improved network throughput
    ☂ complete integration of no-cost cryptofree capped-speed fallback connectivity
    ☂ improved local-environment taskbar status messaging
    ☂ improved support for upstream-pushed messages & parameter updates
    ☂ full synchronisation with version 1.4 openvpn.conf parameter framework

bugs evicted peacefully...
    ☂ process hang during graceful exit - FIXED
    ☂ suboptimal threading performance - FIXED
    ☂ forced-reinstall routines for onboard TAP driver, to eliminate "zombie TAP" Win7/8 bug - SUBSTANTIALLY MITIGATED
    ☂ deprecation of the 2.0 version widget's now-(in)famous "Ben-Wa Balls" splash screen

2.21 maintenance release summary...
    ☂ difficulty installing smoothly on 32-bit Windows platforms - FIXED
    ☂ unintended deprecation of webRTC firewall-based leakblocks by other firewall applications locally - FIXED
    ☂ documented DNS query leaks out-of-tunnel via inactive NIC parameter queries - FIXED
    ☂ optional disabling of splash screen display during startup <-- new feature!

2.22 maintenance release summary...
    ☂ improved webRTC leakblock fix, via port-based blacklisting of STUN packets - FIXED


    Full release details for validation, source review, & comparative analysis

    Uncompressed (.exe) production-ready binaries:
    cstorm-sexynarwhal2_22.exe
    (11.54 MiB) Downloaded 344 times

      cstorm-sexynarwhal2_22.exe's MD5: fd2ecec7a1627a7fad87b8df4bc19f8a
      cstorm-sexynarwhal2_22.exe's SHA1: 4077732b3993a2042904fdb8bd4de911df1e6a5a
      virustotal malware scan results for above-referenced hash-matched .exe are found here

    Archive-format (.zip) production binaries:
    cstorm-sexynarwhal2_22.zip
    (11.39 MiB) Downloaded 74 times

      cstorm-sexynarwhal2_22.zip's MD5: d672b6c71b94a31db85f45a6bf3b4daf
      cstorm-sexynarwhal2_22.zip's SHA1: 05c675699d0518cb805e48113e38c818516f8c14
virustotal malware scan results for above-referenced hash-matched .zip are found here


ツ ツ ツ ツ

end notes & acknowledgements:
1. Stochastic Port Assignment feature is not officially known as "port-whoring" & any team member who says tweets otherwise is a dork...bot.
3. Musical debugging assistance graciously provided by minimalism laboratory.
4. Strategic humour deployments on the part of BYD are also acknowledged with genuine thanks.
4. Most excellent 'pink sexy narwhals' splash screen graphic courtesy @dfkt.
5. Beware swarming mantas.
6. Many, many cherry twizzles.
7. Cerveza on the playa with dorkbot, watching the sun set over the pacific.
6. Needs moar moustache...

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Re: widget version 2.2 ('sexy narwhal') released in the wild | 4.2.2020

Postby DudeOfLondon » Wed Feb 04, 2020 10:49 pm

Hi,
the automated update check tells me, there is a new widget version.
I then hit yes to download the update.
I install it and it says, that there is currently an older version installed.
I hit yes to proceed.

But after installation the is still version 2.01 installed and it again tells me, that there is an update available. It again points me to the setup.exe (that I already downloaded in the first step, above)


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Re: widget version 2.2 ('sexy narwhal') released in the wild | 4.2.2020

Postby jdurne » Wed Feb 04, 2020 11:11 pm

Thanks for the new widget. :)


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Re: widget version 2.2 ('sexy narwhal') released in the wild | 4.2.2020

Postby VirtuosicVagabond » Thu Feb 05, 2020 12:19 am

DudeOfLondon wrote:Hi,
the automated update check tells me, there is a new widget version.
I then hit yes to download the update.
I install it and it says, that there is currently an older version installed.
I hit yes to proceed.

But after installation the is still version 2.01 installed and it again tells me, that there is an update available. It again points me to the setup.exe (that I already downloaded in the first step, above)

I experienced the same thing. I had to download the new update from the site manually.

In addition, I received a warning from Chrome telling me that the file is not commonly downloaded and can be dangerous. I of course opted to keep the file and verified the checksum. What could be triggering that warning?


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Re: widget version 2.2 ('sexy narwhal') released in the wild | 4.2.2020

Postby DudeOfLondon » Thu Feb 05, 2020 2:49 am

I had also manually downloaded the new client.

Why is the "disable IPV6" option checked on default?
Does is mean I can't browse to IPv6 webpages?
So can I untick it?

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Re: widget version 2.2 ('sexy narwhal') released in the wild | 4.2.2020

Postby bricky149 » Thu Feb 05, 2020 6:19 am

DudeOfLondon wrote:I had also manually downloaded the new client.

Why is the "disable IPV6" option checked on default?
Does is mean I can't browse to IPv6 webpages?
So can I untick it?

Yes. 2.2 has scripts included (found in the install directory) to automate the process of protecting users from known leaks. They can be unticked which prevents them from being run when connecting to an exit node.

Also, not many websites make use of IPv6 exclusively, it's mainly used within private networks.

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Re: widget version 2.2 ('sexy narwhal') released in the wild | 4.2.2020

Postby marzametal » Thu Feb 05, 2020 9:31 am

Damnit, stuck in a zombie tap ass raping loop...

Already manually disabled ipv6, so unticked...
Already added STUN rules to my firewall, will keep comparing IPs, so unticked...
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Re: widget version 2.2 ('sexy narwhal') released in the wild | 4.2.2020

Postby marzametal » Thu Feb 05, 2020 2:15 pm

Went back to the previous version, and it connected on first attempt.
I partitioned my hard drive and all I got was this signature...


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Re: widget version 2.2 ('sexy narwhal') released in the wild | 4.2.2020

Postby DudeOfLondon » Thu Feb 05, 2020 8:31 pm

The new widget connects fine for me on Windows 7.
Just take a bit longer than with the old widget.
And the Tap interface now shows 100Mbit/s instead of only 10.

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Re: widget version 2.2 ('sexy narwhal') released in the wild | 4.2.2020

Postby marzametal » Fri Feb 06, 2020 3:31 am

Lucky bugger...
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Re: widget version 2.2 ('sexy narwhal') released in the wild | 4.2.2020

Postby marzametal » Fri Feb 06, 2020 10:26 am

marzametal wrote:Lucky bugger...

Fresh install did the trick, time to see where things went wrong! :)
Is there another widget release? I am still getting update notifications after installing 2.2
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Postby cryptostorm_support » Fri Feb 06, 2020 2:23 pm

marzametal wrote:Is there another widget release? I am still getting update notifications after installing 2.2


A performance-tuning incremental release - 2.2.1 is my understanding - has been approved for production release. Several staffers are having winter snowstorm adventures today, so it's possible it was promoted to announce via the update notifier in the widget prior to the rest of us knowing to announce it publicly here on the forum.

I'll confirm that, but meanwhile if you're seeing the notice, that's why - and what I hear is that it's well worth doing the incremental upgrade!

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Re: widget version 2.2 ('sexy narwhal') released in the wild | 4.2.2020

Postby DudeOfLondon » Fri Feb 06, 2020 4:23 pm

Yeah, I got that update message too.
For now it is the only way to get the new version. (since it is not yet available here in the forum)
It is version 2.21

PS: And that's the first time that the "global random" server choice option, selected a russion IP for me. (91.214.70.xxx)

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2.21 binaries

Postby cryptostorm_dev » Fri Feb 06, 2020 11:19 pm

DudeOfLondon wrote:Yeah, I got that update message too.

For now it is the only way to get the new version. (since it is not yet available here in the forum)
It is version 2.21


Apologies for that. Opening post has now been updated with the 2.21 maintenance release binaries. It was pushed to production immediately after final functionality testing - but before anyone was assigned to do forum updates and ensure the new binaries are echoed up to github.

PS: And that's the first time that the "global random" server choice option, selected a russion IP for me. (91.214.70.xxx)


The network session profiles available in the widget are now maintained also in a public repository over at github, mostly to make incremental editing less of a hassle within the staff but also to allow folks to keep an eye on changes and new profile additions as the become available, if desired.

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Re: widget version 2.21 ('sexy narwhal') released in the wild | 4.2.2020

Postby Tealc » Sun Feb 08, 2020 12:11 am

So... I have a small question, why don't the token gets "Saved" for all the nodes? Even if I did the "check" part...

Btw "Deneb, Cygnus" hummm you're adding a node in the stars? :-D https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deneb
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Re: widget version 2.2 ('sexy narwhal') released in the wild | 4.2.2020

Postby marzametal » Mon Feb 09, 2020 4:00 am

marzametal wrote:Went back to the previous version, and it connected on first attempt.

Found out what was causing the dramas with login... I went a bit nuts on PeerBlock lists, more specifically, 3 lists pertaining to IANA unallocated IP ranges, which sucked in 255.255.255.255.

Because the block was happening on UDP level, there was no way to "unblock", since the strength of PeerBlock lies with TCP.
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Re: widget version 2.21 ('sexy narwhal') released in the wild | 4.2.2020

Postby bricky149 » Mon Feb 09, 2020 7:08 am

Tealc wrote:So... I have a small question, why don't the token gets "Saved" for all the nodes? Even if I did the "check" part...

Btw "Deneb, Cygnus" hummm you're adding a node in the stars? :-D https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deneb

Tokens are saved on exit regardless of node. I also believe Deneb is either the new 'global random' or just picks the best/fastest node (as Deneb is the brightest star in the Cygnus constellation).

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Re: widget version 2.21 ('sexy narwhal') released in the wild | 4.2.2020

Postby marzametal » Mon Feb 09, 2020 7:24 am

UPDATE: Turns out it was also a proggie called AdGuard causing dramas... phew, no issues now :)
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Re: widget version 2.22 ('sexy narwhal') released in the wild | 4.2.2020

Postby marzametal » Wed Feb 11, 2020 8:41 am

I wonder why Internet Download Manager cannot pick up the above two links, but does with other websites...
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Re: widget version 2.22 ('sexy narwhal') released in the wild | 4.2.2020

Postby themanwithavan » Sun Feb 15, 2020 3:41 pm

At some time a few versions ago I've been encountering a problem where after about 24 hours I get a pop up that I can't resolve host. Widget doesn't reconnect I guess because it is a pop up. I can close popup and hut connect button fine but this requires manual intervention. Any ideas? Only known change at my end is an increased amout of uploading but I'm skeptical that this would be causing the vpn tunnel to disconnect with this error.


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Postby Guest » Sun Feb 15, 2020 11:21 pm

"Because the block was happening on UDP level, there was no way to "unblock", since the strength of PeerBlock lies with TCP."

umm- I thought blocklists are protocall agnostic- arn't they? basically peerblock is host file redirects to null- with fancy gui and list managment... or that's what I thought it was- am I wrong? what do you mean by this?

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Postby marzametal » Wed Feb 18, 2020 5:09 am

Guest wrote:"Because the block was happening on UDP level, there was no way to "unblock", since the strength of PeerBlock lies with TCP."

umm- I thought blocklists are protocall agnostic- arn't they? basically peerblock is host file redirects to null- with fancy gui and list managment... or that's what I thought it was- am I wrong? what do you mean by this?

You are right.. my mistake.
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Re: widget version 2.22 ('sexy narwhal') released in the wild | 4.2.2020

Postby marzametal » Wed Feb 18, 2020 5:21 am

Posting three images here... for the most part this is for AdGuard tech support to have a URL reference...couldn't do direct upload on another forum, so this is 2nd best approach.
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AG is installed, TAP driver stalls, route.exe cannot do it's job.
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AG is not installed, TAP driver activates, route.exe successfully commits IP change.
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Let the widget time out on its own.
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Re: widget version 2.22 ('sexy narwhal') released in the wild | 4.2.2020

Postby DudeOfLondon » Sat Feb 28, 2020 5:40 am

Hi there.
I just wanted to ask, why on my PC the widget is faulty (GUI). The disconnect button is hidden behind the status bar.
Why isn't that the case on the screenshots of marzametal?

Is that a bug?
Here is a screenshot (don't bother with the pull down menu, I pulled that down to hide my token)

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