[tor-relays] Public Tor Socks port

Moritz Bartl moritz at torservers.net
Tue Mar 24 22:17:10 UTC 2015

On 03/24/2015 11:09 PM, yl wrote:
> Assume you run a tor exit or relay on a public server and you enable the
> socks port and listen on or so and accept all incomming
> connections. Then you post the socks port publicly. What are the reasons
> not to do so?

SOCKS does not encrypt traffic at all; all your traffic will travel to
the SOCKS server in plain. Also, you need to fully trust the provider of
the SOCKS port -- Tor is designed so you don't have to trust any
participant in the network.

Moritz Bartl

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