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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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How to change relay nickname of an existing tor relay?

my tor relay has been active for 30 days and was down for 2 to 3 days. when it was down, i changed the relay nickname field in the torrc . its been 24 hours but the relay nickname is not being ...
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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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Howto to install a Tor middle relay on a working Windows VPN Proxy?

I've looked through the existing descriptions and tried many ways to do this - but don't believe it's ever worked for me. I have a Windows 7 pro machine which has been running for years with only two ...
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How do bandwidth authorities measure bandwidth?

After reading a number of questions and resources on bandwidth measurements and life cycle of tor relays: can anyone tell me about the bandwidth weights? Can anybody explain the Advertised bandwidth,...
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Run tor and TBB at the same time with the same ports on same PC

Just what the title says: is it safe/good practise/etc to run tor as a service (LM17.2) and TBB on the same PC, same time, same ports? Will this be related to that part of the FAQ where it says I have ...
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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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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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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 may I run multiple Tor relay instances in a single Windows 7 machine?

How may I run multiple Tor relay instances in a single Windows 7 machine? And if you can tell-me step-by-step, I appreciate a lot of!!
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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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TOR browser - -ExcludeNodes doesn't work

Using Linux, at torrc. Format used: (at end file) ExcludeNodes {...},{...},{...},{...} ExcludeExitNodes {...},{...},{...},{...} Continues connecting to excluded country nodes. Know how to fix?
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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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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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Exit notice page fails decoding

On any chromium based browser the exit notice on my DirPort gets "err_failed_content_decoding" On Firefox, it works fine My relay runs Tor 0.3.5.8 on Ubuntu 18.10 EDIT: On the update to 0.3.5.8 ...
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How does TOR select which entries, exits and relays to use when creating a circuit?

Does the selection-algorithm weight anything differently in any way, and if so: On what metrics? Why? & what benefit does this bring to the TOR network?
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Is Tor-network protected from using one hop?

I'm testing few things in Tor and I noticed that if im changing(from the source code) the number of hop's(nodes) to be more then 3 hop's it work fine(slow but still working) and if i set only 2 hop's ...
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How to install a Tor relay on windows as a service?

How do you install Tor to run as a middle relay on windows? And how do you make it start automaticly as a service?
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How to know if exit nodes are the bottleneck

I've read that the exit nodes are the bottleneck of the tor network, and I've also read the opposite. Did the answer change at some point or is it changing often? What is the best way to determine if ...
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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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Cannot connect tor, Identity key mismatch

I tried connecting to tor, but I'm getting a identity key mismatch and I have no idea how to fix it. Jun 21 19:43:06.202 [notice] Tor v0.2.4.27 (git-412e3f7dc9c6c01a) running on Linux with Libevent ...
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If I stop running a Tor relay, does my IP address keep “marked” as running it? How do I disable a relay completely?

As of late I was experimenting with running a non-exit Tor relay from my home IP address. However, after setting it all up and having it successfully running, I became aware of the dangers of traffic ...
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configuration to run tor as relay, crashing tor browser in windows

My experience of using tor on a windows machine is not good (see this). I have successfully used tor as a relay on my Linux virtual machine (just to test how it works) and it worked fine. So, I know ...
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Can someone explain this?

Can someone please explain this? still unfamiliar i mean this ip's looks suspicious is this a ddos attack?m new to relay operating so please explain thank you.
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run Tor relay only my overnight when not deducted from my data allowance

my ISP limits me to 10Gb per month. I do not want Tor using this. However from midnight to 8 am the allowance is not affected so i could run a Tor relay. Editing my Windows XP torrc file C:\Documents ...
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Is there a reason to run exim4 on a relay?

I have two relays and they both have exim4 running. Is there a reason for this? Do I have a need for a mail service running?
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Difference in traffic on similar Tor relays

I have two relays that started life about a month ago so we are sill in the "Lifecycle of a new relay" time frame. The differences in the two are physical location and ORPort. Both are on Digital ...
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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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Looking for Conflux code

I'm looking for source code of Conflux tool, published here. There's statement: 'We implemented the multipath construction and cell sequencing, buffering, and reordering in the Tor source code (...
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Tor Circuit failed to be created: destroyed

Okay, so I'm running a few experiments on Tor for a course project. I keep on changing different relays to see the effects on response time. But on some of the circuits, I keep on getting this ...
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A few questions about how bandwidth scanners work

I have a few questions related to how bandwidth scanners work. I would appreciate it a lot if anyone could answer any one (or all) of them: From what I read in the bandwidth scanners spec, my ...
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Relay Can't Bind Tor to Port 9050

I'm setting up a relay on Ubuntu 14.04 using the instructions here: https://www.torproject.org/docs/debian.html.en#ubuntu. My config is super small and basic: ORPort 9050 DirPort 9030 ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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Client Giving Up on My Slow Tor Relay Node?

I am working on a customized relay node for a research project (currently runs very slow), but I am having a hard time testing it because it does not seem to be able to be part of the circuit. I set ...
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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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Using tshark with Chutney?

I am trying to debug a customized Tor relay node (which is dynamically instrumented), so I set up a small virtual network using Chutney. For some reason, the client Tor node in Chutney cannot connect ...
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Help needed understanding beginning of the Tor relay lifecycle

I am trying to understand how does a new Tor relay begins its life. I understand that the relay will form server descriptors based on its config and send them to all the known directory authorities as ...
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Tor relay cache directory location

I have just moved my tor relay on a raspberry pi on a cheap microsd card, so I would like its I/O to reduce to a minimum to avoid destroying it in a month or so. I have already set AvoidDiskWrites 1 ...
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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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Is it possible to find encryption key in Tor Browser?

I'm doing a presentation on Tor. Is it possible to capture and find keys and decrypt data.
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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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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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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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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 ...