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Relay on public and private network; recommendations

I have set up a relay with its own dynamic public IP directly on the Internet. The only port allowed on the public interface is the ORPort, and this is the way I want to keep it. However, it would be ...
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Can I sell Reddit accounts that I use over TOR?

I created my accounts over different paid VPN's at different times and logged in using TOR. I have a lot of karma in my accounts and plan on selling them soon. I always logged in via TOR. Would ...
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Tor relay fails after some time on a bonded interface

My Debian Buster server has to 1 gig interface nics, i decided to create a bonded interface coupling eth1 and eth2 as 1 interface Bond0 with 2 Gbit bandwith. Relay starts fine, but after a day or less,...
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how tor establishes connection on first run?

As far as I know, there are nine hardcoded directory servers in the tor program. So, is it's starting by making one of them as it's guard node and then on step two, obtain data about all other relays ...
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Relay's consensus data scrubbed for inbound connections

Since I began running a relay several months ago, I'd occasionally see, using nyx, a recurring inbound connection from one particular Authority, along with its nickname, IP address, and flags. It ...
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Port Reachability Test Failed _ detailed info

I am currently connected to Tor Network, according to Vidalia. When i tried to set up a non-exit relay, i got the following errors: Server Port Reachability Test Failed - Your relay's server port ...
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Running a Tor-Relay on a private network restricts other services (eg netflix)

This is not so much a question but a post for completion. I hope this meets the community standards. I am running a tor-relay in my home network. Naturally, it is reachable on my public IP that is ...
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Can you transfer a relay to a new device using the same IP?

I’ve got a Debian VM with a relay running, however, I’d like to transfer it to another VM with minimal Debian installed. If I assign the new machine with the same IP and configurations, can it run the ...
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Why are entry nodes allowed to know that they are entry nodes?

Right now, a user can be deanonymized if an attacker controls the entry node and the exit node in a Tor circuit. The attacker can discover the IP of the originator, and the site they are accessing. It ...
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TOR ORPort Unreachable

I've setup a middle relay on ubuntu (virtual machine) and a bridge on Windows. However, on both OS's I'm facing the same issue as mentioned in the title. For bridge relay, I've opened the ports in ...
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Are Tor network nodes/relays proxies? If not, what is the difference?

I would like to know if there is any difference between the concept of "proxy" and the nodes (also known as relays) that make up the Tor network. I mean: Are the nodes proxies themselves? If not, what'...
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Not Recommended relay

I looked up my entry-node in Relay Search(Tor Metrics) and I found additional flags was "Not Recommended". Should I change my entry-node manually?
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Why not to add tor2web-like gateways to relays by default?

as it is said in this article https://blog.torproject.org/facebook-hidden-services-and-https-certs whatever it is you think Tor is for, I guarantee there's a person out there who uses it for ...
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Why is my tor relay taking so much CPU power?

My tor relay uses ~50 Mbytes/s (25 MBytes/s read and 25 MBytes/s write). I would expect that each byte has to be decrypted and encrypted once. So I would expect my tor relay decrypts ~25 MBytes/s and ...
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How to get traffic log history from a relay?

I'm currently running a TOR Relay. I'm monitoring it with nyx and is pretty good because I can see every connection coming in and out from my relay. But what I'm asking is how can I find a full list ...
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Choosing computer hardware to run Tor relays - (CPU RAM cable HDD SSD etc)

I am thinking of buying a computer to use only for running Tor relays from England in the United Kingdom. I am writing to ask for advice on which details of the machine make a difference to the ...
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How to secure my torrelays against hijacking (debian), bounty $50

I'm running some tor exitrelays with rsyslog off. Does this disable ALL loggin? If no how I disable ALL loggin? Next to that I want to secure those against hijacking as good as possible. So I was ...
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What hidden services does my relay node know about?

I built tor from source and am running it as a relay (not exit node) and also as a directory server. It is my understanding that after a while I should experience V2 hidden services publishing their ...
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Tor-relay on raspberry : /var/lib/tor

I run a tor relay on a Raspberry Pi, with ramdisk e.g. used for /var/lib/tor and some other folders that see lots of data written, so that the SD card does not see too many writes. No the folder /...
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Tor relay giving false HSDir flag

Today my tor relay started reporting the HSDir flag out of nowhere. I do not have a hidden service configured. Is this something i should worry about? Everything looks fine, and i see no services ...
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Tor Relay questions (equipment, router hardware, DSL)

I would like to contribute to the cause by running a Tor Relay. After spending the last week researching, I am still unable to answer the following questions: What are the MINIMUM COMPUTER ...
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Our relay had some downtime due to some network repairs and changes (including an IP change)

Lightning. I've used this opportunity to upgrade our installation to 0.3.0.8, and I've increased our provided burst rate to 4Mb/sec. Accordingly, how long will it be before Tor settles down to this ...
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Reloading torrc without loosing flags

Everytime I edit some parameters in my torrc file and then send a "pkill -sighup tor" to reload the configuration, I loose my HSDir-Flag and my uptime. Is it possible to reload the torrc without the ...
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Tor Onions active on Tail , does Electrum use that proxy?

When I open onion relay on Tails , and then open Electrum Wallet on LiveCD Tails Does that Electrum connected with Tor proxy/network? Hope some users would help me to explain this things
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What is the StaleDesc (state descriptor) flag and how do I update my state descriptor?

My week old relay node got this flag today, I couldn't find any explanations about it figured I'd ask here. All I found out was that it was introduced in tor 4.x
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Disproportionate CPU usage

My new Raspberry Pi 3 relay was relaying 2 MBps using maybe 80% CPU for a few days. But suddenly, just today, it jumped to using 380% CPU, using almost all of each of the 4 cores to serve the same ...
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Dirport / Orport stop being unreachable after some time

Just set up a Tor relay on Digital Ocean running Ubuntu 16.04 using tor-relay.co and everything is seemingly going well. However, every so often the relay will cease to work and I'll get the following ...
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Brige Relays - help

This is impartant. Do I need to configure Bridge relays to hide fact that surfing on deep web .onion sites using USB Tails and Tor Browser? Reading this (https://www.torproject.org/docs/bridges.html....
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Failed to bind listening port

I'm having issues with set up of my relay, this is what I got yesterday.....I don't understand how to correct this... Oct 31 08:00:09.000 [notice] Opening OR listener on 0.0.0.0:443 Oct 31 08:00:09....
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Relay remains unmeasured for over 30 days

I run a relay in my home network. The relay runs on my router (self build opnsense machine). Details of my relay indicate that initially it progressed the usual live cycle of a relay. Then all ...
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I have specified a DirPort (80) in my torrc, and it is allowed in UFW but metrics.torproject.org/rs.html does not list it

This seems to started after I specified an IPv6 address for my ORPort. Everything server side indicates my DirPort is reachable, but Tor Metrics (not tor on my server) says it is unreachable (...
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Tor Guard Selection

so I am trying to understand the Tor path selection in more details especially for the entry guard. So i read in the path-spec.txt that there is a bandwidth weighted entry guard selection where the ...
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Prevent Tor Browser from connecting to a node in a certain country?

I want to prevent Tor Browser from connecting to any nodes in a certain country. How do I do so?
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How can I set up the most useful Tor node?

I've heard of Torservers and Noisetor. I've considered donating to them, but I want to avoid consolidating the Tor network in those two organizations, so I'd like to operate my own Tor node. (I also ...
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Problem bootstrapping. Stuck at 10% (conn_done): Connected to a relay

While settting up my relay, I met this question: Jan 19 10:02:22.000 [warn] Problem bootstrapping. Stuck at 10% (conn_done): Connected to a relay. (DONE; DONE; count 51; recommendation warn; host ...
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Relay OR/Dir port Unreachable

Msg From Nyx - Your relay has a very large number of connections to other relays. Is your outbound address the same as your relay address? Found 11 connections to 7 relays. Found 11 current canonical ...
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Are relays chosen by location proximity, e.g. county, for circuit building?

Are relays chosen by location proximity, e.g. county, for circuit building? I know that there exists some rules but I didn't read anything about location. If the location of a client is not ...
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Hidden Service in TestingTorNetwork connected to non-Exit Nodes

I set up a testing environment made of lxd containers on Ubuntu 18.04. Each container is based on the Ubuntu 18.04 image and runs Tor version 0.4.1.6. Specifically, I have the following running ...
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Extra Entry Guards, Duplicate Relays, and Similar Exit Nodes: Is this how Tor is supposed to work?

Similar nodes are acting as multiple exit nodes with names such as Pwner1 and Pwner2 and other exit nodes have exactly the same name for multiple circuits but with different fingerprints such as PWNEE....
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Can't start relay - certificate error

Upon trying to start it I get this: Mar 04 08:09:00 beeldbox Tor[30025]: No signature found on key certificate Thing is this was working fine yesterday I've finally built up enough consensus weight ...
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How do I set up a Tor relay as a docker container?

How do I use Docker to run a Tor middle/guard relay so that I can easily stay up-to-date with the latest software changes?
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In onion v3 services, how does the client know the “HSDir” that have the necessary descriptor to connect to the onion service?

I've read the "Tor Rendezvous Specification - Version 3" and I can't find out how the client knows the "HSDir" nodes that store the onion service descriptor that indicates the introduction points ...
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TOR Hidden Service: IP anonymity

Suppose that a Tor client wants to access a certain hidden service. According to the protocol, instead of submitting a request directly to the server IP (which is hidden[1][2]), this client submit a ...
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The Tor log says it's failed

I loaded Tor as a Relay, I wanted to know if its working so went to the /var/log/tor file, and right at the bottom it says: May 04 16:14:19.000[notice] Tor has successfully opened a circuit. ...
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Running a relay behind a nginx reverse-proxy

This may not the the best place to ask, because it's more of a networking question, but I wanted to try here first. (If I should also post on NetworkEngineering or ServerFault, please tell me :) ) I ...
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How is a Tor relay's advertised bandwidth verified?

Back in 2007, Bauer et al. showed that a relay-level adversary could lie about their bandwidth capabilities, thus unfairly increasing the chance of having their relay selected in Tor circuits [^1]. ...
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Why there is no easy method for running a Tor relay?

Running a Tor relay is too hard and complicated for many people who may want to help Tor. Why there is no click-to-run method for running a Tor relay? Like Tor Browser Especially for Windows users
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Tor relay stopped working on Ubuntu 18.04 in LXD container after update to 0.4.2.5-1~bionic+1

I am running a tor relay on Ubuntu 18.04 in a LXD container. After upgrading form tor version 0.4.2.5-1~bionic+1 over 0.4.1.6-1~bionic+1, it stopped working. Here what I have in /var/log/syslog Dec ...
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establishing an encrypted directory connection failed 86.59.21.38:443

12/26/2019 15:21:05 PM.100 [NOTICE] DisableNetwork is set. Tor will not make or accept non-control network connections. Shutting down all existing connections. 12/26/2019 15:21:05 PM.100 [NOTICE] ...
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Running TorBrowser and TorDaemon as the same family (family ID) allows more speed for me in TorBrowser?

My download in TorBrowser always stops because it takes too long because the speed is too slow. Some servers break the connection if the download has been running too long. Can I get more speed if I ...

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