[tor-relays] Help with FreeBSD relays

Shawn Webb shawn.webb at hardenedbsd.org
Tue Mar 30 13:47:44 UTC 2021

On Tue, Mar 30, 2021 at 02:36:36AM +0000, xplato wrote:
> Greetings,
> I am a bit of a noob here so please bear with me. I ran a relay using Ubuntu with very few issues however I decide to add an additional relay and decided to use FreeBSD. They will only run for around 18 hours and then they shut down. I have adjust the torrc file every way I know how and increased the Max vnodes thinking this may have been my issue. I can post the sysrc and torrc if needed. Anyone that might help me figure this out I would be grateful otherwise I am going to reluctantly move them both back to Ubuntu.

Emerald Onion runs over twenty Tor exit nodes on HardenedBSD 12 and
13. Given Tor's need for security, you might want to consider using
HardenedBSD, a derivative of FreeBSD that implements exploit
mitigations and security hardening technologies. FreeBSD's state of
security leaves much to be desired. Tor's relay operators and users
really should at least have exploit mitigations like ASLR and W^X


Shawn Webb
Cofounder / Security Engineer

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