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Getting a HSDir Flag

It's a little more complicated than "just a matter of time." You need the "Fast" and "Stable" flags, according to ticket #8243. According to ticket #12538 the DirPort is not required anymore.
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Malicious hidden service directories

Quick synopsis This is oldish research that was presented about a year ago by Filippo Valsorda and George Tankersley at HITB. Sophos are an anti-virus company. They have a product to sell and the ...
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How does Tor know which HSDir to connect to?

This is described in detail in the Tor Rendezvous Specification. Basically a client will check 6 HSDirs. It calculates which 6 nodes to check from the .onion address itself. In the below explanation,...
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List hidden service managed by an HSDIR

According to this post on the Tor blog: https://blog.torproject.org/category/tags/hidden-services "If you don't know a hidden service address, then under the new system, you won't find it out just by ...
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Can a HSDir see visited onion url's?

Yes, currently HSDirs can see the looked up .onion hostname. This does not include the full URL but just the .onion hostname. Proposal 224 (ticket #12424) will fix this issue. See also #8106. If you ...
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Does Tor still monitor "shadow" relays?

As far as I know it is still possible to do those kind of attacks against the network. However Tor tries to detect bad relays and block them from participating in the network. So there is a high ...
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Can a hidden service operator specify a certain tor relay to always be one of its introductory point

Introduction Points do not need to be a Hidden Service Directory. In theory, you could manually pick introduction points but there is no configuration option to do this, since it's not helpful for ...
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How many Tor relays between the HS server to IP, RP, and HSDir?

Each Tor circuit has 3 relays: a guard, middle, and exit. A HS server will build a Tor circuit to the Introduction Point, Rendezvous Point, and HS Directory, so there would be 3 relays between the HS ...
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How to get the number of HS descriptor requests using Stem?

There is a tutorial on retrieving the number of bytes a relay has written and read here (run the code after installing stem): from stem.control import Controller with Controller.from_port(port = ...
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