[tor-relays] relay load increase (was: note to Falback Directory operators: bandwidth wasting bot)

Felix zwiebel at quantentunnel.de
Sun Feb 3 07:08:55 UTC 2019

Hi everybody

Tor relay load increase is going on.

1) Not normal: Some relays see much more circuits (ie the normal number 
of circuits was about 15-20k and is 100k-400k today).

2) Not normal: Fallbacks receive extensive use today. We are writing too 

Am 09.11.2018 um 17:17 schrieb starlight.2018q2 at binnacle.cx:
> For the last year a bot of some kind has loaded Fallback
> Directory relays with excessive directory document requests.
> Some detail can be found in ticket #27921 at
> https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/27921.
> To determine if your relay is affected, look the relay up in
> https://metrics.torproject.org/rs.html, click the 6-Month history
> tab, and examine the graph for significantly higher "write bytes
> per second" relative to "read bytes per second".
> I find this annoying (since I pay for the wasted bandwidth) and
> came up with a one-line hack that mitigates the abuse without
> impairing the usefulness of the DIR service to normal relays
> and clients.  If you compile your daemon from source and are
> interested contact me directly for the patch.


3) Not normal: 

Cheers, Felix

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