[tor-relays] Amazon abuse report

Gordon Morehouse gordon at morehouse.me
Fri Nov 1 02:29:45 UTC 2013

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Roger Dingledine:
> On Thu, Oct 31, 2013 at 06:12:47PM -0700, Andy Isaacson wrote:
>> That's correct, it takes a deliberate action on the part of the 
>> administrator to become a relay; and another deliberate action to
>> become an exit relay.
> Actually, that second part isn't true. Once you decide to become a
> relay, the default is to exit to most popular ports.

I don't think this is a good enough reason these days, when people who
haven't read the fine fine print are putting them up on VPSes.  A
friend of mine did it and had to get his Linode IP changed after
getting on a bunch of blacklists in like two days.

> (If you're using Vidalia to configure your relay, it makes you
> choose whether you want to be a non-exit relay or an exit relay.
> But just Tor by itself, the default exit policy is in the man
> page.)
> The main reason for this choice is the number of people who've told
> us that they are only able to run exit relays because "it's what
> Tor does when you run a relay", and their institution wouldn't let
> them do it if it required a manual config change to become an
> exit.

Yeah... you guys would know better than me about that, but speaking
from the perspective of a small fish, the exit-as-default torrc is a
serious "WTF?" and always has been, given potential legal trouble in
privacy-hostile countries.


- -Gordon M.



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