I run a relay.
It has a
SocksPort listening, but I don’t use it as a client for anything at the moment. It also hosts a hidden service.
From time to time I get warnings like this:
[warn] Your Guard nickname ($F1N63RPR1N7) is failing a very large amount of circuits. Most likely this means the Tor network is overloaded, but it could also mean an attack against you or potentially the guard itself. Success counts are 127/255. Use counts are 96/96. 201 circuits completed, 0 were unusable, 74 collapsed, and 6 timed out. For reference, your timeout cutoff is 60 seconds.
It seems I make a lot of circuits..
Connections (157 inbound, 149 outbound, 1 hidden, 61 circuit, 1 directory, 1 control): (..) | aaa.aaa.aaa.aaa --> xx.xx.xx.xx (cc) 21.0m (CIRCUIT) | | 126.96.36.199 (de) csUniHB 1 / Guard | | 188.8.131.52 (nl) Unnamed 2 / Middle | +- xx.xx.xx.xx (cc) (redacted) 3 / Exit | aaa.aaa.aaa.aaa --> yy.yy.yy.yy (cc) 21.0m (CIRCUIT) | | 184.108.40.206 (de) csUniHB 1 / Guard | | 220.127.116.11 (fr) scaletor 2 / Middle | +- yy.yy.yy.yy (cc) (redacted) 3 / Exit | aaa.aaa.aaa.aaa --> zz.zz.zz.zz (cc) 21.0m (CIRCUIT) | | 18.104.22.168 (de) thewatch 1 / Guard | | 22.214.171.124 (fr) 0x3d002 2 / Middle | +- zz.zz.zz.zz (cc) (redacted) 3 / Exit (..etc..)
aaa.aaa.aaa.aaa is the external IP address on my router.
I have no port forwarded to my socks port.
- What would cause so many circuits?
- Is it probably me that causes the large amount of circuit failures in the guard as per the warning message?
- What can I find out / do about it?