Lokinet Exit Provider Guide¶
Author: Jeff (majestrate)
This document will guide you in the process of setting up an authenticated exit provider on lokinet. This document is written for the target audience of people who know how to run a commercial VPN.
The high level "bird's eye view" of the architecture of an exit provider is hub and spoke. Multiple Lokinet clients provide exit connectivity and all phone home to an auth server over a ZMQ socket. The auth server will tell a lokinet exit provider if a loki address + auth code pair is valid at the current time. This pair is sent when a lokinet exit user establishes a new flow (convtag) with the exit, this happens on a regular interval.
Auth Server Setup¶
Requirements for the auth server:
- c++17 compiler
First off, if you haven't already, add the lokinet apt repository:
sudo curl -so /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/loki.gpg https://deb.loki.network/pub.gpg echo "deb https://deb.loki.network $(lsb_release -sc) main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/loki.list sudo apt update
On ubuntu you can install the dependencies via:
$ sudo apt install python3-dev cmake git build-essential liblokimq-dev
Clone the repository for the auth server and build it.
$ git clone --recursive https://github.com/loki-project/loki-pylokimq -b stable pylokimq $ cd pylokimq $ python3 setup.py build
Install the built python module:
$ sudo python3 setup.py install
You can run a test version of the auth server using:
$ python3 -m lokinet.auth --bind tcp://127.0.0.1:5555 --cmd /bin/true
--bind flag tells where to bind the zmq socket, it also takes
ipc:///path/to/auth.socket to bind to a unix socket.
--cmd flag is a path to a script or executable that is used for the actual logic of the authentication, the script is passed two arguments:
base64_encoded_auth_code, the script should return exit code 0 on auth success or non-zero on auth failure.
An example implementation of this script could be the following shell script:
#!/usr/bin/env bash grep $(sha256sum <<<"$2" | cut -d' ' -f1) /etc/loki/auth-codes.txt
with this example script an auth code can be generated and added via:
$ sha256sum <<<"$(base64 -e 'code goes here')" | cut -d' ' -f1 >> /etc/loki/auth-codes.txt
NOTE: operators are advised to not use this example implementation.
The suggested configuration for lokinet exits are as such:
[router] min-connections=8 max-connections=10 [network] exit=true hops=2 paths=8 keyfile=/var/lib/lokinet/exit.private auth=lmq auth-lmq=tcp://auth.server.goes.here:5555