thanks for your time today.

I have recently reinstalled Tor and noticed the configuration to exclude IP addresses from the proxy has gone. This guide covers an older version. Access local router in Tor Browser?

I want an add-on (Synology download station) to access an internal IP address but for this to work I need to exclude it from the browsers usual behaviour.

Any help and advice would be really appreciated, Thanks.

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I asked your question on the tor-talk mailing list and got the following reply from one of the creators of Tor itself:

You should really avoid making exceptions to the proxy rules for Tor Browser. If you let your browser connect to local services, that opens the door for remote websites, which you access over Tor, to give you instructions (e.g. via javascript, but not only via javascript) to make local connections and then send that info back to the website.

In the most benign case, you're setting yourself up with a tracking marker ("there's that weird person who allowed connections to again"). In worse cases, you're opening yourself up to permissions surprises and attacks that start with the word "cross-site" or "cross-protocol".

For an early example of a similar bug that bit Tor users, see https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-announce/2007-September/000078.html

All of that said, if you still want to shoot your feet off: in about:config, there's a network.proxy.no_proxies_on option that you can set.

For even more details, new in ESR68, there is now a network.proxy.allow_hijacking_localhost option, which we needed to fix for Tor Browser: https://bugs.torproject.org/31065

So, with that answer, a best practice would be to use a standalone browser instance for local network access.

  • Apologies, I use the synology download station add-on to send torrents to the NAS to download them. In a previous version of Tor I could configure to exlude IPs from the browser routing via the usual Tor/onion routes, updating the browser retained the configuration. Since reinstalling Tor from new the functionality has gone.
    – Steve
    Commented Feb 10, 2020 at 18:59

Looks like the only way you can achieve this is via separate router with Tor and some firewall rules. Closed-source solutions like Synology are almost always are just a pain in the ass when it comes to fine-grained controol regardless of their internal interfaces like Web GUI. You have to use a router, you must - actually

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