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A Tor circuit is a private network pathway built incrementally as a series of encrypted connections through relays on the network.

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What are cannibalized circuits and how Tor make use of them?

Bug report #5231 mentions cannibalized circuits: This can happen when we cannibalize a circuit which has already been cannibalized. What are cannibalized circuits and how they're used in Tor? And ...
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How to force Tor to use just one circuit?

We use Stem's launch_tor_with_config with the following config and then close all circuits opened by it (with close_circuit). MaxCircuitDirtiness and NewCircuitPeriod: tens of hours ...
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How much does it cost to change Tor identity?

Assume we are refreshing a web page very quickly and fresh identity is needed for each request. My question is how often we can change IP on Tor network? More briefly how much computation and how ...
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How many streams does Tor attach to the same circuit?

How many streams does Tor attach to the same circuit, i.e. when Tor think that it is a time to build a new circuit? I know that the lifetime of a circuit is 10 minutes (for new connections). But ...
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What does Tor do with streams?

I am a bit confused about handling streams in Tor. When we visit a website like Youtube the browser sends more than 100 requests to more than 20 different hosts. If we consider each request is for a ...
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Can Tor change circuit while accessing a webpage?

In that case, it should download the page from the beginning because the TCP connection was closed, right? If it's not the case, how does Tor know when the site has finished loading?
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How many preemptively built circuits?

I want to know how many preemptively circuits Tor can builds. I got confused about it when I read "Tor Path Specification". According to this article, at the startup Tor builds 3 clean circuits, but ...
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Does traffic exit Tor at the same node for all ports?

Exit Relays can be set to allow traffic to exit the Tor network only over certain ports. Vidalia even makes this super-simple by giving options like "Normal, unencrypted Web browsing" or "IRC clients ...
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Is CircuitBuildTimeout saved through sessions?

In the Tor manpage I read about CircuitBuildTimeout. It is set to a default value of 60 seconds. However usually also LearnCircuitBuildTimeout is set. This enables adaptive learning of those timeouts. ...
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Does Tor take node age into consideration when building a circuit?

I've seen this for a while, but in my experience Tor seems to select well stablished nodes (whose uptime is >60 days) but in the specifications this is not shown. It's just that the current list of ...
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How many distinct Tor circuits are possible?

Given the current relay census, and assuming a standard Tor Browser Bundle installation, approximately how many distinct Tor circuits are possible? Once entry guards have been chosen, approximately ...
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Where is cookiepath of tor? [closed]

I am working on tools for change identity of tor every 3 minutes. But it require a cookie path of tor. I follow this one https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/4881 but didn't find its yet. ...
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Where along the path is encryption used?

This question is born out of two questions that I saw coming up. Is the connection between my computer and the Tor network encrypted? How does Tor encrypt my traffic before it sends it to the server?...
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Why does the number of open circuits fluctuate that much in my heartbeat logs?, new d

I have a new exit relay running on DSL. It's version 0.2.3.25 running on Windows. Most of the time, there's only a few connections, but every so often there's a lot more. They all appear and disappear ...
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For how long does a circuit stay alive?

How long does it take for Tor to expire a circuit and pick a new one? Is there a way to control this expiration time?
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When I click "New Identity", why do I sometimes end up with the same exit relay?

Three variants on the same question: If I click "new identity" in Tor Browser to get a new circuit, why does my new circuit sometimes have the same exit relay as the last circuit? Doesn't that hurt ...
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Is it possible to team multiple circuits in the current Tor network?

The client-selected paths that carry traffic through the Tor relay network are called circuits. Tor clients switch circuits at ten minute intervals for better anonymity. However, latency and bandwidth ...
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How does a Tor client pick Tor nodes for circuit creation?

A Tor client initially contacts Directory Authorities to fetch the consensus (i.e. a file containing all relays of the Tor network at that time with details such as IP address, exit policy, public key ...
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Does Tor insert random delays or perform packet re-ordering to make the discovery of the communication path harder?

If an attacker can observe the Tor user, and the website being visited, it is possible to correlate the traffic by looking at time and size distributions of the communication. Techniques such as ...
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How does Tor pass my traffic around and should I be worried about malicious relay operators? [closed]

I am not sure how does Tor work, how safe is it as I heard that some relays are ran by bad people or government agencies.

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