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You're asking how Tor works in a few simple lines. It takes a long answer and knowledge of the Tor network itself to understand how this works. TL;DR The client knows the public key for the nodes he communicates with. The node can decrypt with his own private key and doesn't know anything about the client. Longer answer: When a Tor client wants to send a ...


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This is a rather complex question. The super-simplistic answer is that you and the guard node each make 1/2 of a key that is then used to encrypt/decrypt traffic. OK for the real answer, read section 4.2 Circuits and streams of the Tor design paper. It's pretty dense and takes time to wrap your head around, just FYI, but it should give you all of the info ...


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