[tor-relays] New tor relay, some questions

Tobias Markus tobias at markus-regensburg.de
Mon Mar 17 17:37:30 UTC 2014

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Hi Sebastian,

now that you say it -- yes, it seems we both choose the same quote :D
(Really, I didn't copy you. I've read it somewhere else a while ago
and adopted it because I liked it. But really, you didn't read
hundreds of quote books just to suddenly stumble on Franklin's quote,
did you?)

But another thing: Do you still need participating relays for TTTT?


Am 17.03.2014 16:24, schrieb Sebastian Urbach:
> Hi,
> Great that it finally worked out, welcome to thd
> brother/sisterhood. And btw. what are you doing with my mail
> signature ? That seems to be the more important issue to me ;-)))
> Hi,
> just wanted to inform you that I could resolve the issue simply by 
> deleting the tor data folder (thus getting a new fingerprint).
> PS: I actually replied to Bryan, but forgot to CC tor-relays. Sadly
> I can't find the message anymore, otherwise I would have resent
> it.
> On 03/13/2014 11:08 PM, Tobias Markus wrote:
>> Hi, sorry for replying rather late! In response to 1): Thinking
>> about it, I think the main (possible) problem is that my MTA is
>> rejected by SMTP servers it connects to because of a Tor
>> blacklist. Is this probable? Has someone got experience running a
>> complete mail system and a (public) Tor relay on the same
>> host/IP? About 2): That is indeed very unfortunate, but at the
>> same time a reason to start contributing to Tor! (Sadly, I am
>> presently occupied by various other projects, but I think Tor is
>> definitely worth a 'visit'.) Now about something else. I recently
>> had to restart my server for unrelated reasons. (The relay had
>> the Guard and Stable flag at that time.) I sadly forgot to add
>> the Tor service to the default runlevel, so it was not started at
>> boot time. I went to bed thinking everything was OK and was only
>> able to start Tor about 12 hours later. Unfortunately, my relay
>> got no flags since then -- not even "Running"! The Tor consensus
>> website confirms this: Three Auths voted for all previous/normal
>> flags except Guard, the others only for Valid and V2Dir leading
>> to my relay getting no flags! I cannot really explain this to 
>> myself. What is going on here? Tobias On Sun, Mar 02, 2014 at
>> 07:32:17PM +0100, Moritz Bartl wrote:
>>> On 03/02/2014 04:06 PM, Tobias Markus wrote:
>>>> I've been running a new tor relay for about a week now
>>> Great. Thank you!
>>>> 1) I plan on running other services than tor on my server,
>>>> including a (private) mail system. Other than the general
>>>> possibility of tor having security holes and my server (and
>>>> its IP address) being public and thus possibly target of
>>>> attacks, are there security implications I should consider?
>>> Unfortunately, many sites block Tor relay IPs regardless of
>>> their exit policy. So, if you share one IP between the relay
>>> and other services, your might be impacted. This is especially
>>> true for exit relays.
>>>> 2) I would be interested to eventually run a
>>>> directory/bandwith authority, so I read about them in [1] and
>>>> [2], but the places seemed a bit odd (hidserv-perf branch in
>>>> tor svn/torflow repo) so I thought I better ask here: Would I
>>>> really just have to follow the steps in [1] to become a
>>>> dirauth? Is there currently a need for auths, would 
>>>> contribution be welcomed?
>>> The offer is well appreciated. In the current design,
>>> directory authorities and bandwidth authorities play a very
>>> special role. There are several ideas on how to improve the
>>> situation and then open participation to the broader community,
>>> but for the time being, authorities can only be run by people
>>> very close to the core dev team.

- -- 

Tobias Markus

"They who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little
temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."
        -- Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
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