I will presage the expected warnings before posting my question: I fully understand the security risks involved using single hops, however, with regards to my goals I have zero need for anonymity.
I am interested in archiving the contents of several Tor hidden services e.g. discussion forums, and am not intent on doing anything that might demand privacy. As a consequence, my interest is having a high bandwidth connection to these websites, with no need to remain anonymous.
I understand that one may re-compile Tor to create single hop circuits e.g. How to decrease number of Tor hops?
I also understand that while one may wish to construct a single hop circuit, very few relays have the single hop exit option enabled.
My questions are two-fold.
1. Can Tor hidden services detect that a client is using just a single hop, and reject the connection? I have been advised by someone that this does occur, but I am unable to find anything that indicates that this indeed the case.
2. Is the below configuration possible?
- Re-compile Tor to allow for single hops.
- Using a second instance of Tor, create a relay allowing single hop exits.
- Configure the re-compiled Tor to use this exit relay