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Attacks against the tor network or its participants, or attacks from it.

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And if DDoS attacks could enhance the anonymity of the Tor network?

The most effective approach for an attacker would be to establish Tor routing and send packets to trigger a chain reaction across 3 or more relays. Now, couldn’t these attacks potentially be an ...
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How to calculate the number of IPs an overall passive attacker would obtain by examining a connection?

A global passive attacker might be able to attempt various correlation attacks. In this example, I would like to calculate the number of IPs they would need to collect in order to have the IP address ...
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Simulating Correlation attacks on Tor using Shadow

Is it possible to simulate correlation attacks on Tor using Shadow? If it's possible what's the easiest way to implement it? If it's not possible, then is there any other simulators that can be used ...
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How to mitigate layer 7 attacks on hidden services?

I've observed the following: The Tor client establishes reverse connections to random relays and any further hidden service traffic is tunneled trough these connections. This means: There are no ...
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Tor safe when taking future in to account?

With quantum computing becoming better by the day I have a few questions. How viable and likely is it that an adversary to saves all tor traffic in order to decrypt it at a later date? When ...
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Can Tor connection be intercepted/tampered by exit nodes?

Can exit node tamper traffic before sending it to endpoint? I know it can see it, but the question is, can connection be spoofed, if non-encrypted protocol is used, for example usual HTTP or even TCP ...
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Is there a way to defend oneself against a timing attack?

Is there a way for an end user to protect oneself against the timing attack when using Tor? For those, who are not familiar with it, a timing attack involves an adversary populating the Tor cloud ...
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Can Tor be relied on as a trustless service? And more

My question is going to be a bit amateurish (bear with me please) but I have read a fair bit of this: https://gitweb.torproject.org/torspec.git/tree/dir-spec.txt [1] And it didn't answer it. My ...
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is tor still vulnerable to replay attack?

I'm doing a project to my University that consist studiyng vulnerabilities on TOR network. One attack I came across on Intenet is the "replay attack". This type of attack allows a adversary, that ...
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Could I avoid traffic confirmation attacks by setting up my own guard node?

If I set up my own guard node and always use it when connecting through the Tor network, would I be fully protected from confirmation attacks? Also, how would my anonymity be affected with such a ...
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Increasing number of middle relays weakens the anonymity?

Tor nodes build encrypted TLS sessions between neighbors to multiplex circuits of users. Multiplexing helps to anonymize users (?). With an increasing number of middle relays multiplexing becomes ...
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Hidden Service as client or relay?

Take a look, what is the difference between Tor-Browser in onion encrypted traffic and Apache service responses in onion encrypted traffic? Tor-Browser: sent 1% / receive 99%. It is simply, ...
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Prevent traffic correlation/timing attack

When running a hidden service, should the operator run own entry guard? Logic be that if the entry guard run by operator, no possible way for traffic correlation by malicious people. Traffic ...
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Gap - Counting number of packages to determine client?

I read a lot about onion routing and I am confused about the following fact on Wikipedia: Only the final node, the "exit node", is able to determine its own location in the chain. In my eyes ...
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Tor hiden service ratelimits

While we are building a denial of service protection using and onionbalance for our HSv3 resources was discovered an interesting thing: during testing with simulated DDoS (launched 1000 tor client ...
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Disconnect after X minutes inactivity?

I read somewhere its not a good idea to remain connected to TOR network for long periods of time because it gives an attackers more opportunity to de-anonymize. The machine I am using is unatttended ...
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Tor 100% CPU usage - DoS attack

I run a very small non-profit website and sometimes there are people that attack the website for unknown reasons to me, I use a dedicated server but the TOR Process itself uses only one core when ...
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Why does TOR not intentionally choose nodes from different countries?

I've read than if an attacker could control both entry and exit node into the tor network he could easily de-anonymize TOR users. I have also read that TOR chooses nodes at random. So my question is ...
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protecting against end to end confirmation attacks, are there any possible solutions that is theoretically feasible?

as i understand it, it requires the amount of information sent by the user and received by the server as well as the time of the information sent and received to be known for the attacker. is it ...
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How can Tor users and Tor Network protect themselves from an exit node that is actively logging or manipulating exit traffic?

Tor Exit nodes are the last hop in the circuit a Tor client establishes to reach a service in the Internet. Exit nodes handle the actual traffic of the client, either it's encrypted or not. That ...
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List of attacks on Tor

I'm studying Tor for educational purposes and I haven't been able to find many resources about attacks on Tor (even the once that have been patched). Most of the articles are too general or don't ...
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I got effected by GANDCRAB ransomeware and all my files & documents got encrypted and .WRCOR file extension got added orginal file name

All my files & documents got encrypted and appended with file extension .wrcor. I was accessing a file from Tor browser. Suddenly I saw my files got converted and encrypted. Al the original file ...
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Is Tor traffic using the TAP handshake vulnerable to retroactive decryption?

Assume an attacker with a record of Tor traffic between a client and guard has precomputed the 1024-bit Oakley group for Diffie-Hellman used in the TAP protocol. This would allow them to rapidly ...
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Are the LinkWidth attacks still a threat?

Recently i have found a pdf talking about an attack using so-called “LinkWidth” against tor network, here it is https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/aa31/f6e8676e6c1a531854e4337649f0556e9280.pdf The ...
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Track Tor circuit via ISP logs

I have some question about the very basics of tor, as this keeps bugging me now for some time: As far as I know every tor node is only aware of the ip address of the following node. For example the ...
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How can one avoid Tor correlation attacks?

People usually recommend either using a VPN or hosting an entry or exit node in a remote server. But what about proxies and bridges, for example? And are there any other way to avoid correlation ...
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Protect against pseudonymous identity activity on a forum and traffic correlation?

I use Tor when I need to use a pseudonymous account on a forum. A observer can see when I connect to Tor and correlate with activity of the account from the forum How I can protect against this ?
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What kinds of attack can a bridge carry out?

I have been recently doing some research on anonymity implications of using a bridge, and wrote a tool (not very well written though) for setting up a malicious bridge node. However, I am not clear ...
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Are low bandwidth DoS attacks performed over the Tor network a problem to be considered?

For low bandwidth and slow DoS / DDoS attacks (for example Slowloris, SlowLoris and PyLoris) the Tor network seems to be very useful medium. For free it offers two important things to the attacker: ...
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Stopping a DDoS attack on Tor daemon

I've already check How to protect a hidden service against DDOS attack? and How to deal with DDOS attacks? and How to mitigate layer 7 attacks on hidden services?. The problem is not DDoS of web ...
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Noise sender function in TOR?

Does TOR have the service of contacting me with x bytes of noise and ignore the garbage I return? Background I recently heard a talk about a company that is privacy aware. They run smart ...
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Relay streaming a large file

I wanted to download a file of considerable size, let us say 10GB and I sent the GET request to a web server to download that file. I then would get downloaded through the Tor network, through the ...
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Does facebook's hidden service url mean that collisions are feasible?

https://facebookcorewwwi.onion/ The idea is that the Facebook onion address connects you to Facebook's Core WWW Infrastructure - check the URL again, you'll see what we did there - and it ...
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public key not found

Good time of the day! I downloaded Tor source code and the signature on a new board, started to check it - and it does not verify! OS is Armbian, no GPG-stuff was ever performed on the installation, i....
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List of attacks that try to trick browser to not use SOCKS/Tor

I've heard it called "disbanding" attacks where the attacker induces a client into not routing a connection over Tor. Basically all of the things that the TBB protects against. Examples might be ...
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Why do entry nodes not know the originator?

I stumbled upon the following text in the article about onion routing on Wikipedia: In this example onion, the source of the data sends the onion to Router A, which removes a layer of encryption ...
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Can someone explain this?

Can someone please explain this? still unfamiliar i mean this ip's looks suspicious is this a ddos attack?m new to relay operating so please explain thank you.
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Whonix Workstation Country Code

Should I be concerned about the timezones in my custom whonix workstations (arch, ubuntu, kali)? Installation mediums always ask for my country code. I usually pick a random one. When building ...
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What prevents directory server from being attacked?

I understand that the first thing a Tor user do is connect to a directory server to obtain a list of tor nodes, which can be found here: https://atlas.torproject.org/#search/flag:authority What ...
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Tor Brower Compromised?

My firewall is configured to warn me of any changes to my tor browser when I'm on line. It also lists the ip address and the originating website. Recently, it detected a change which was initiated ...
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Was I attacked or my identity found out?

I am new to TOR and not very tech savvy. While using TOR to set up an email account, I found that I had to constantly to solve puzzles for verification. Sometimes websites would not allow me access, ...
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How does selecting new guard relays work?

I've been told guards are selected when a client first connects to the Tor network and used until they disappear. What constitutes disappearing? Do all guards need to disappear (and then the whole ...
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Ready-made Tor relay on virtual machine

I was looking for a virtual machine that has Tor relay pre-configured. This came to my mind while thinking about the the amount of security which can be provided by having thousands of similar Tor ...
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Where is the Tor API documentation?

I want to have a program I'm writing interact with the Internet exclusively through Tor. After perusing the Tor project's documentation it appears that they do not specify the API anywhere i.e. how a ...
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Malicious Exit Nodes in network sensor [closed]

I run an onion pi (a wireless router that redirects all of my traffic over tor, here's a how to) Anyways I installed maltrail on my onion pi to see what's going on; found these exit nodes scanning my ...
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Does a tor message keep track of number of nodes it's gone through?

Let's say you have a message. Does it include the number of hops it has passed through? If no, what is stopping it from just being passed around indefinitely and never reaching an exit node? If yes, ...
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Releasing a controversial movie torrent using Tor Network for security

I live in a dictatorship and use the Tor Network to get around censorship. I read that Torrenting over Tor Network is not good because of high Internet usage and it slows everything down. For a short ...
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Tor dying on Raspberry Pi (circuit creation storm, out of memory)

UPD: this question was regarding an older version of Tor (0.2.4.24). With a newer version (which was 0.2.7.2-alpha for me) the problem disappeared. I am running Tor (0.2.4.24) relay on Raspberry Pi (...
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Security for relay on Home network

I want to host a relay to help out the network. I am looking into the possibility of doing it on my home network. Two concerns have come up during my research. The first is I would potentially be ...
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How Guard Discovery attack in Tor network works?

How Guard Discovery attack works? What steps an attacker need to perform in order to discover the guard relay of the HS? How easy this attack can be realized in the real world? What are the ...