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Questions relating to relays, their maintenance, and operation.

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Problem with Incoming ORPort via SSH Tunnel

I'm currently running a tor relay daemon with 2 servers: Local server: Private IP, main machine, local network shared with my neighbors, IPv6 reachable only Cloud server: Public IP, very low spec, ...
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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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How do I use one and only node?

I'm looking forward to using Tor like a VPN. I learned about EntryNodes, ExitNodes, and MiddleNodes and how to set the country code for each and setting StrictNode 1 or something. When I set all these ...
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ISP frequently clears internet connection and knocks out relay circuits

reading fritzbox log, it shows a nightly scheduled ip re-establishment. This is due to anticipated disconnect from ISP side in immediate future. The relay node is knocked off circuits and all need ...
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What's a good RelayBandwidthRate?

I know the minimum required rate is 20KB, and the minimum rate to be considered "fast" is around 100KB, but even the "fast" rate seems incredibly slow to me, compared to the average download speed of ...
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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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Does an exit relay also relays non-exit traffic?

I would like to run an exit relay, but I don't want to deal with almost any abuse issues. So I figured to only exit to hidden services. If my understandings are right, the exit policy and the relay ...
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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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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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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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connect two server via tor

if we have two server let's say server1(92.92.92.92) server2(76.76.76.76). I'm working on redirect incoming traffic on server1 port 4444 to server2 port 12345,this is easy with iptables rule on ...
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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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is this a threat to tor?

an adversary controls some middle nodes and they log ip adresses of users and times they connect. if an adversary controlled middle node receives traffic from one of their own controlled middle nodes ...
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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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How can I analyze Tor traffic on my relay?

I'm doing a research on Onion routing (Tor). I've successfully set up a middle relay for the purpose of analyzing Tor traffic. I'd like to: See all circuits that my relay is currently part of See &...
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Tor comunicating to other IPs beside my guard node, should it happen?

Running netstat and analyzing my established connections I noticed sometimes tor talks to other IPs that aren't my guard node. I'm not sure if this is supposed to happen because I very very new to ...
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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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My new relay is recorded in the wrong country

On relay search my new Tor relay's country is given as Ukraine. In fact it's in Germany. Also the AS given on relay search is wrong. Have I configured the relay wrongly? Can I change this so its ...
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Hidden Service Behind a Bridge

Without a bridge, my hidden service is accessible for others. But when I use a tor bridge, this hidden service is not accessible. My torrc is: UseBridges 1 Bridge obfs4 my_bridge_ip:my_bridge_port ...
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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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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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Running a Tor Bridge Relay on Ubuntu

I am trying to set up a bridge relay on my ubuntu 20.04 system but getting stuck at step 3. Edit your Tor config file, usually located at /etc/tor/torrc and replace its content with: When I open the ...
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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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Use Tor as Proxy for Internet

I want to use Tor as a proxy. Or more specifically reroute my Internet traffic from for example my browser over Tor to change my location. I found out you can set entry and exit nodes by country if ...
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How can I find the IPs of introduction points for a hidden service?

I was wondering if it is possible to find the IPs of introduction points used by a hidden service. Specifically I was looking at facebook's hidden service.
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Does running a tor bridge from the same public IP as a relay before make such bridge prone to censorship?

My ISP changes my public IP about once a year. I used to run a public middle relay for a couple of weeks, and then I changed my mind and decided to operate a bridge. Let us assume that my adversary ...
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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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Where in the codebase does Tor detect outages?

It seems clear to me that Tor has some facility for discovering when connectivity within a circuit is lost. I'd like to find that point and add a log_debug into it, as the current Tor logging does ...
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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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500 new relays at the beginning of each month?

.. and then they gradually vanish over the next 4 weeks! Can anyone tell me why this sawtooth pattern has appeared in the Tor relay metrics since August? On the 2nd August, 2nd Sep and 2nd Oct, about ...
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Does Tor still maintain a list of all relays?

I know that few years ago (2015 and 2017), there was a centralized list of all Tor Relays. Is this still the case? Or is there some decentralization of the nodes?
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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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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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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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How to make Tor relay's ORPort reachable?

I have Tor expert bundle v0.2.8.7. I'm trying to configure a relay under Windows 7. After a day of work the relay is still not reachable: Nov 13 20:08:14.000 [warn] Your server (xx.xx.xx.xx:9001) ...
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How can i change my ip addres

I tried: new circuit, new identity, set "ExitNodes {US}" and restart tor my ip address always remains the same.
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Tor stuck on "Bootstrapped 10%" on macOS

I’m experiencing a problem with tor on macOs. I installed tor with $ brew install tor. When I launch it with $ /usr/local/opt/tor/bin/tor I get stuck at 10%, e.g., Oct 06 16:20:18.299 [notice] Tor ...
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understanding tor cell structure

I am looking to create my own version of TOR, and to do that I need to understand the way that relay, directory servers and clients communicate. but after reading Tor: The Second-Generation Onion ...
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How do clients find what nodes to connect when connecting to a .onion link

I never seen a full explanation of how the server connects to these "introduction" nodes to the client, I understand the idea of the tor path ending with the exit node that's then resent ...
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Will Tor automatically detect when my IP address changes when running a relay?

I have an IP address that changes roughly every 24 hours. About two out of three times, I’ve seen Tor detect that my IP address changed; but the last time it didn’t work and I had to restart the relay ...

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