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Why is my relay using nowhere near the bandwidth that's available to it?

I have 1.25 MBps (10 Mbps) of usable bandwidth in both directions. Yet my relay constantly hovers around 100 KBps of advertised bandwidth. It's currently been up for 6 days and 4 hours (after a long ...
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Exit-node maturity

How long does it take for an exit-node to reach maturity? That is, if I create an exit node and leave it running, how long will it take for the exit to be fully utilised, provided nothing goes wrong? ...
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ATLAS/GLOBE both say uptime is 8hrs 30mins but 3-day uptime graph is 100%. Why the inconsistency?

Both ATLAS and GLOBE say my node has been up for only 8 hours 30 minutes but the 3-day graph of uptime indictaes no interruption in that period (i.e. 100% uptime). When I run 'arm' that indicates ...
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Why does directory mirroring get disabled when AccountingMax is on?

I'm the operator of the Tor node strugees. I want to mirror the directory. Apparently everything is working grand, except for the fact that directory mirroring is disabled due to the fact that I have ...
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Warning in log file “Consensus not signed by sufficient number of requested authorities”

Since today I've got a very strange warning in my log files: Sep 19 23:16:48.372 [Warning] Received http status code 404 ("Consensus not signed by sufficient number of requested authorities") from ...
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Running Tor on lxc-based virtual infrastructure [closed]

I tried to set up a Tor relay node on my server running Debian squeeze with Linux containers for better maintainability. Installing from main repository and Tor repository failed. In debug.log there ...
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How to safely update Tor relay installed on VPS with Debian?

How do I safely update a Tor relay installed on a VPS with Debian? (I don't want to lose the ID, because I'm taking part in the EFF Tor Challenge).
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Does Directory Traffic count towards Consensus Weight?

When I have a node running, lets say an Entry Guard, that also acts as a Directory Mirror. Will the bandwidth used sending directory information also count towards the consensus weight? And if so or ...
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What is the best specific for fast relay?

I'm trying to setup Tor relay, just a middle, not an Exit. I'm looking for the best configuration for the 100 mb / s. My current torrc is: V3AuthoritativeDirectory 1 V3AuthVotingInterval 30 minutes ...
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Does Tor route traffic through clients?

My friend and I were talking about Tor in class, and I had my laptop out, running Tor for it's SOCKS proxy to access censored websites. My teacher interjected that I should not use Tor at school ...
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Low power self-maintaining Tor relay

Over the summer, I'm looking into depositing Tor relays (not exit nodes!) with my friends in family in the form of something that they can plug in and forget about. I've read about the Rasberry Pi ...
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Tor relay unable to be connected to

Hi guys I have configured a Raspberry Pi to be run as a relay, however I am unable to connect to it. Can any of you connect to it ? The name is Goblin500. I have created a python library that should ...
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Tor relay (arm monitor) doesn't seem to follow Tor settings (torrc)

I'm a rookie Tor relay operator but would like to give back to the community. According to the data in the arm-software (https://www.torproject.org/projects/arm.html.en) my Tor settings - the torrc-...
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What do these Tor warnings imply?

The Following warnings have been observed during Tor operations. [Warning] onion_skin_client_handshake failed. [Warning] circuit_finish_handshake failed.* [Warning] connection_edge_process_relay_cell ...
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what is a relay descriptor

What is a relay descriptor? Where is it used?I found this on running a python code to launch Tor: 50%: Loading relay descriptors 51%: Loading relay descriptors 53%: Loading relay descriptors 55%: ...
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How are the exit and non-exit packets in the Tor relay system recognized?

Relay setting in Vidalia has two options for relaying: "for the Tor network" and "inside the Tor network". The options enable relaying either just inside the Tor network or additionally out of the Tor ...
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Can I run a relay just part time?

I have been operating a potentially fast relay for a few days now. I only wish to run ~ 15 hrs. a day so I can shut off my laptop at night. I've been reading about Tor and relays for days now and ...
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Are individual circuits exposed in inter-relay traffic?

There are thousands of Tor relays. And so it's arguably impractical for each relay to maintain persistent connections with all of the others, even without padding traffic. At the other extreme, a ...
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There is a good argument for making the number of hops in a path unpredictable, Is there a research paper that tells us what to do?

The following is a quote from Tor FAQ: There is a good argument for making the number of hops in a path unpredictable [Thus Random]. For example, somebody who happens to control the last two hops ...
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Could the number of hops picked in a circuit be chosen randomly in each circuit?

Could the number of hops picked in a given circuit be chosen randomly. For example randomly generate a number by random number generator between 3 and 7 inclusively [3,4,5,6,7], and each circuit ...
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Is traffic analysis easier for relay adversaries than for network adversaries?

I gather that relay adversaries employ traffic analysis to determine that two of their relays are part of the same circuit. And I vaguely recall a comment, perhaps on the Tor Project blog, that ...
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Network map GeoIP is Blocked. Does not show country flags in Germany and the country selection won't work [closed]

I'm living in Hungary the network map there works perfectly. In Germany I think its blocked by the internet provider. Tested 2 wifi HotSpot, always the same problem show up, only flags. The ExitNodes ...
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How can I prevent my Tor relay from being used to access hidden services?

I've recently started running a Tor relay. However, upon further investigation I realized that I enable criminals and people of poor moral character to host hidden tor services where they publish ...
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Who knows how many hops a client is using?

If an user changes the number of hops of his/her Tor client to some non-standard number (i.e. !=3), what nodes and who else in the circuit would know how many hops this client is using?.
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Tor Relay reports “Port Reachability Test Failed” errors

I have been a regular user of the Tor browser bundle for quite sometime. Lately, I switched to a faster connection and I have been wondering if I should be running my own Tor-relay. I took the plunge ...
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How to edit the torrc in “NT AUTHORITY\LocalService” account?

As the title say, how can I do it ? I has made a decision to uninstall Vidalia and use only tor.exe to run as a relay. I have tried to install Tor into the service so it is not going to disturb me. ...
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Atlas and Vidalia report different information about Tor relay

While Atlas reports Nickname Bandwidth Uptime IP lavizrap 102.4 KB/s 2h 7m 24.134.58.142 (https://atlas.torproject.org/#search/lavizrap) Vidalia Network Overview reports lavizrap ...
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What are Bridges and Relay Centers in Tor

While configuring Tor you get something called Bridges and Relay Center. I have tried to decode what is this exactly and how to configure this but failed miserably due to which I just removed the ...
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How can one move its relay to another server without losing anything?

Supposing one runs a server on some server and wants to move it to another. How can this be done without losing the flags (like stable, guard, named) and the progress to get a t-shirt, if certain ...
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Traffic in port 9050 in a relay (denial of service attack?)

I've set up a Tor exit relay (0.2.4.17-rc, debian testing) in my VPS, and it's running well (about 20Gbs/day). But a lot of traffic (about 50%) is using port 9050 for incoming connections. It's ...
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HSDir selection

I'm writing some code to play around with and test some hidden service things. I need to be able to emulate hidden service directory selection. HSDirs are calculated by selecting the three closest ...
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How to know the number of circuits through my Tor relay(OR)? [duplicate]

Can anyone tell me how to know how many circuits are being build through my Tor relay(OR)? I am using vidalia.
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Is it safe to run an entry node server?

After some research, I found that there are mostly relay (middle) nodes, and less exit and entry nodes. But why? The connection from the client to the entry node is encrypted, so there should be no ...
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Running Tor relay or exit node entirely from RAM memory using initramfs or Live CD

I would like to run several dedicated servers, both relays and exit nodes. I am concerned about two things: The running server being hacked in a way that compromises the anonymity of user. The ...
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What's the extent of the problem of information leaking to exit node

What if I let some identification information (like a page with my real name) leak in a plain http connection and the exit node captures this? Until when it be able to identify me? Till I change the ...
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Is it a bad idea to run OpenVPN and a Tor relay on the same VPS?

Get a separate IP for the node. Do not route your own traffic via this IP While it may be tempting to mix in your traffic with your node's exit traffic for cover, this is best avoided. Having a ...
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Can anybody explain the Advertised bandwidth, MaxAdvertisedBandwidth, Measured bandwidth, Bandwidth burst, RelayBandwidth rate?

I am confused about a few terms: AdvertisedBandwidth, MaxAdvertisedBandwidth, MeasuredBandwidth, RelayBandwidthBurst, RelayBandwidthRate, BandwidthBurst, and BandwidthRate. Can anyone please explain ...
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How to log file which relays are chosen by Tor browser [closed]

Could anyone help me which file need to change in Tor browser if I want to write into a log file which relays are chosen Whenever a new circuit is established?
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Running a Tor (non-exit) relay behind university firewall

I have a personal laptop connected to a university connection, and reach the Internet through a proxy server. I have configured Tor to use only HTTP/HTTPS (since the firewall seems to reject all other ...
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Does those ExitPolicy make my relay a Tor non-exit relay?

I just set up a non-exit relay and it seems to work. I just want to make sure that I really have a non-exit relay. In the torrc file I set the option ExitPolicy to reject *:*. Does this make a non-...
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Warnings on Relay: No unused circIDs found on channel without wide circID support

I am running a Tor relay on FreeBSD 10, with OpenSSL 1.0.1 (from ports, because of more performant curves). The version is Tor version 0.2.5.4-alpha (git-d2147cc7ba5c5d51). It has a somewhat high load ...
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Should people be more careful when running a Tor relay?

I've decided to run a Tor relay (not an exit node) for donating bandwidth to the Tor network. I've modified very few lines of my torrc file, since I'm trying to learn more about the technology but ...
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Several Tor sessions when using several Tor processes

I want use several different Tor configurations (different countries) on Ubuntu server. I found this one, however, i get some errors. root@s2hptor:~# /usr/sbin/tor -f /usr/local/etc/torrc1 Apr 19 22:...
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Is it still true that each onion relay keeps an open TLS connection to every other relay? Why?

The original paper describing Tor says this on section 4: Each onion router maintains a TLS connection to every other onion router. That paper is from 2004, when there was a much smaller number of ...
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Can the relay I connect to expose me?

The way I understand Tor is that the "client" (say me) connects to a relay, and that relay is the only computer they connect to from then on. If that is the case, why can't a hostile relay simply run ...
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Installing Tor on network firewall

Can Tor be installed on a network firewall such as Smoothwall? I'd like to have the firewall serve as the relay and free up the PCs behind it.
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How do I run a Tor relay under TAILS 0.23 distro?

I'm running TAILS 0.23 off a usb stick. The Vidalia control panel does NOT have the "Setup Relaying" button. How can I start a Tor relay?
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Why might my relay read more than it sends?

My relay has had periods of receiving a lot more traffic than it's sending, e.g., 1.2MB/s v. 800KB/s. Whither goes those "extra" 400KB/s? Updating V2 and HS seems too small to account for it.
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Is it possible to limit the number of incoming and outgoing connections on a Tor relay?

I'm running a relay on my Raspberry Pi due to its low power consumption and simplicity, and have it set up to run headless via SSH so I can monitor it with tor-arm. My issue is that the longer my ...
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Does hosting a relay on the same machine as your browser improve anonymization?

For the sake of argument, let us assume that all traffic is monitored and recorded at your ISP. Would hosting a Tor relay on the same machine that you are running Tor Browser Bundle protect you from ...

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