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Can exit relays be selected as middle or guard nodes?

I was under the impression that exit relays are only ever used as exit relays, however, recently I read a paper that stated that exit relays can be selected as guards or middle nodes. Is this true? I ...
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Is it me or the relay info websites?

I got my relay working just fine, torrc is all configured to my liking, etc. But when I checked Atlas and Globe to see the bandwidth differences between when I went to bed last night and when I got up ...
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If I run a relay on my home network should I use it as my guard node?

Started running a relay from my home network. Getting a bit of traffic now. Wondering if it would be beneficial to run my Tor connections through it. It seems to be able to mask my use of Tor. If I ...
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Setting up a Tor bridge?

I have a Windows server I hardly use, and I decided that I wanted to use it to run a Tor bridge. I've been trying all morning to figure out how to set it up to no avail. Most of the tutorials I've ...
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Default relay bandwidth?

I successfully setup my Tor relay last night, and it has been running for a few hours now. But looking at it this morning, it is not getting that much advertised bandwidth. It has gone up since the ...
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Tor hidden service bandwith question

I have a newbie question here. When you setup a Tor hidden service do you yourself use up bandwidth on your network or does is the traffic attributed to the relay?
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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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Should I run fast Tor relay or a stable relay is fine?

I recently started a Tor Relay on my own VPS. It has 500GB bandwidths each month, and I limited bandwidth rate to 1500 KBytes. I don't know which one is better for Tor network: Running a fast relay ...
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Can I run a Tor relay with Norton ConnectSafe DNS?

I am trying to contribute to Tor Network by running a non-exit relay on my PC. Via the status window, I already received the comment saying that my relay is reachable: Jan 17 01:32:13.420 [Notice] ...
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How can we get more community-operated (non-NSA) Tor relays set up?

One of the greatest threats I can see to the anonymity of the Tor network and its users, is NSA/GCHQ (etc.)-operated Tor nodes. No matter how state-of-the-art 'good practice' a Tor user adheres to - ...
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How is data sent back from exit node to me?

I understand how the client sends the data through Tor to the sever. Onion routing Basically, it selects a set of nodes to form a circuit, say nodeA nodeB nodeC. It then encrypts the data this way: ...
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Are these specs (VPS) good enough to run a Tor relay?

I want to run a bunch of Tor relays, and so plan to buy 10 $5 VPS's from a company called Beastnode. I have had an amazing experience with this company for game servers and websites in the past, so I ...
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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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On Dec 26 2014 the number of relays have increased from 6700 range to 10000 range overnight. What is going on?

The number of relays have suddenly increased from 6700 range to 10000 range in a very short period of time. What is going on?
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How to update obfs4proxy source code?

So I correctly downloaded and build the obfs4proxy source code about a month ago, using the documented go get git.torproject.org/pluggable-transports/obfs4.git/obfs4proxy Now how do I update my ...
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How to OutboundBindInterface set to ethX for relay?

i got linux box with two eth, on wan port i getting dynamic ip. So i can't bind interface by ip
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Do my ISP notice the relay changing?

Building a new relay may produce new traffic, is it any different with the Tor browser data through Tor, and does the adversay notice I'm building a new relay? I am asking whether my ISP will know ...
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Should the MyFamily option be set for bridges?

I am running two relays and a couple of bridges. Currently only the relays have the MyFamily option set. Should the bridges also have it set? Should they include the relays or should they not? Is this ...
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Error creating network socket: No buffer space available

The logfile of my Tor relay is filled with thousands of lines saying: [warn] Error creating network socket: No buffer space available By googling I found out, that this might have to do with the ...
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Weighted Bandwidth for Rendezvous Points

I wonder how the WeightedBandwidth for Rendezvous Points (RPs) is calculated. I know, its a bit complicated, because RPs are chosen in a lot of different ways: Tor tries to reuse existing circuit ...
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What purpose does congestion control achieve, and how does it work?

I am trying to understand exactly how the different solutions for the congestion control mechanism work and what purpose they achieve. With "the solutions" I mean the circuit level throttling and the ...
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Probability by bandwidth: Using multiple or one Relay with equal total Bandwidth

Is there a higher probability, if an attacker is using one OR of bandwidth 5 MB/s than 5 ORs with each 1 MB/s? If you calculate the probability of picking a certain OR, you can use the weighted ...
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Cannot find the Amazon E2C Image

cloud.torproject.org describes an image that can be used in Amazon E2C service. It mentions that this image is already configured with package updates and port forwarding. The images have been ...
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Run Tor in the background via the shell

After configuring the Tor relay through a remote SSH session my terminal is still waiting (sort of stuck at this line on my remote SSH session ). it says: Nov 11 10:10:00.000 [notice] Performing ...
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Editing the torrc file to set up a Tor Exit Relay in Ubuntu 14.01 LTS server

I would like to know the changes required in the following torrc file to configure tor running on my server to be a Tor relay and or a Tor Exit relay. I think I would first start with a Tor middle ...
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Stetting up a Tor Bridge in Amazon EC2 - Amazon AWS

Its been around 2 months since I had been using Tor and I am in love with it. I want to try running a Tor relay using the Amazon EC2 account I signed up today. I am pretty new to this service but ...
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Is a Public Exit TorRelay on or off by default?

Looking at this releases for windows: Are in any of these releases public exits on by default? In his post @SamWhited assumed that they are off. But looking at Point g of Configuring a Tor Relay: ...
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Windows Tor Browser Bundle check if relays is off

I read an article (about that Tor underground raid)) in that articel they said that installing the Tor browser bundle could be dangerous as it acts also as an relay and that illegal data could be ...
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What would happen if I'm the last node (or relay) of a highly illegal activity?

Let's say I'm using Tor in order to anonymize my traffic, but only for privacy sake. I'm not torrenting, cracking or don't illegal things (of course). Now let's say that a very famous hacker or ...
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TCP/IP Packet node-to-node propegation in Tor

A TCP/IP packet mainly has two parts. The header and data (mostly encrypted). When using Tor, and a packet leaves my Tor browser, where is my initial header information stored? If the destination ...
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Tor client doesn't connect if relay's available bandwidth is less than x

Is there a way to config Tor client not to connect to relays which their usable bandwidth is less than 10Mbit/s ? I don't mean the relays total available bandwidth. I mean usable bandwidth by client ....
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Tor graphics and media resource repository

I'm trying to make a video of the Tor Project for the Project for Awesome and I need some graphics explaining the Tor network. Is there a centralized resource of graphics and other explanation tools ...
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Tor Relay unresponsive

I'm running a Tor Exit Node for some weeks now and I've noticed something strange. every now and then, usually after 1 day of runtime I start to get this message in my ARM log. 14:03:48 [ARM_NOTICE]...
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Will Tor automatically change path if one of relays goes down?

If yes, is it default behaviour or some configuration parameter should be set? If not, how can one determine and resolve this? Obvious way is to write a script, that simply checks availability of ...
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Tor relay and apache

I am running a tor relay on my desktop (Ubuntu 14.04) as well as using the tor browser to access the internet myself. I would like to host a web site using apache on the same computer. Are there any ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Circuit Build Times in Tor

Why does Tor save the circuit build times and what does it want to learn out of them? Tor loads the circuit build times from a file at the beginning. I do not know why it needs them.
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First node always the same! Is that how it's supposed to work?

I'm using Tor-browser-bundle with Vidalia. Yesterday, just out of curiosity, I clicked on "view the network." In the "connection" box, I see my circuits. About 5, 6 circuits each with 3 different ...
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External IP Address Changed - Tor has determined your relay's public IP address is

When I restart my PC I get this........ "[Wed 10. Sep 16:04:15 2014] External IP Address Changed - Tor has determined your relay's public IP address is currently 90.244.. If that is not correct, ...
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Are slow relays useful for the network?

If you a ran a very slow relay, would you be contributing much to the network or would it not help very much?
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Can't access Tor authcookie file from third party program

I've been trying for hours to get a munin monitoring plugin to hook into the Tor control port without success. The problem is that it's unable to access the Tor authcookie in /var/run/tor with the ...
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Trying to set up a bridge, no luck!

I'm relatively new to Tor, having read about it in my newspaper so I thought I'd give it a go. Having read about relays and bridges and so forth I thought I'd try it out. I managed to get a relay ...
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How can I verify my relay is working?

This is the first time I'm running a relay. Doing it on a raspbian, and I've got some short questions. Be ready: I'm a newb. I'm only controlling my raspberry via SSH, so no GUIs. I opened ports on ...
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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 ...