Sauteed onions associate registered domain names with onion addresses. These associations are established in TLS certificates, making them publicly enumerable in append-only CT logs.

One of the most prominent use-cases of sauteed onions is to help users defeat censorship of TLS sites: onionsites can be used if they are discoverable, which is what sauteed onions help with. This tightens the relation between registered domain names, HTTPS, and onionsites.

Search for onion addresses

You can use any existing certificate search service to check if a registered domain name has an associated onion address. What we will be looking for is a domain name on the form:

<onion addr>onion.www.example.com

Let’s give it a go using crt.sh.

What is the onion address of www.sauteed-onions.org?

Search for www.sauteed-onions.org at crt.sh.

Below is the search result.

Search results for www.sauteed-onions.org at crt.sh.

So, the onion address is:

qvrbktnwsztjnbga6yyjbwzsdjw7u5a6vsyzv6hkj75clog4pdvy4cyd.onion

A search service that is tailored specifically for sauteed onions is available and operated by us. Try:

Setup for site owners

Suppose that you have a website, for example:

www.sauteed-onions.org

and that you have an associated onion address (if not, see FAQ):

qvrbktnwsztjnbga6yyjbwzsdjw7u5a6vsyzv6hkj75clog4pdvy4cyd.onion

To set up sauteed onions, you need a TLS certificate for www.sauteed-onions.org with the following SAN:

qvrbktnwsztjnbga6yyjbwzsdjw7u5a6vsyzv6hkj75clog4pdvy4cydonion.www.sauteed-onions.org

The required steps:

  1. Configure the above SAN in DNS. Just like www.sauteed-onions.org, it needs to be resolvable at the time of issuing the certificate so that the CA can validate the domain.
  2. Follow the usual steps that are required to obtain a TLS certificate for www.sauteed-onions.org, but also add the above SAN to satisify the sauteed onion criteria.

Note that this works with any of today’s CAs. See some examples below. Don’t forget step 1.

Let’s Encrypt

Let’s Encrypt offers free and automated certificate issuance.
Simply use the -d option in certbot. Here’s an example using Apache:

# do the usual certbot configuration, but list all SANs with the -d option
$ certbot --apache -d\
    www.sauteed-onions.org,\
    qvrbktnwsztjnbga6yyjbwzsdjw7u5a6vsyzv6hkj75clog4pdvy4cydonion.www.sauteed-onions.org

HARICA

HARICA issues domain validated certificates for .onion addresses as well as DNS resolvable domain names. Login and go to server certificates. Add your SANs and follow the instructions.

inserting SANs in HARICA’s certificate request UX