Re: FreeCap and a Tor server – good combination?

Watson Ladd watsonbladd at
Fri Apr 28 11:41:20 UTC 2006

It loses security as one endpoint is being used. Tor uses multiple endpoints
for sucessive connections to avoid tracking a connection.

On 4/27/06, Tor User <toruser256 at> wrote:
> I've been running an Tor server (middleman only) for a while and I've been
> wondering about using FreeCap and an account on an SSH server that has a
> SOCKS proxy to tunnel my Tor server's connections over an SSH tunnel to the
> SOCKS proxy running on that SSH server.  Hopefully I explained that
> clearly, if not maybe this will help to visualize it:
> TOR Server – FreeCap – SSH Tunnel – SOCKS proxy – [Out to internet]
> I have tried testing this and it works.  Clients are able to connect to my
> TOR server, and in trying it myself there is no noticeable increase in
> latency (ping time to the SSH server is < 15ms, and the server has a fast
> CPU and faster network connection).  As far as I can tell, based on
> netstat and the like, when I client connects to my server, their circuit is
> built through the SSH tunnel and then to the SOCKS proxy server, and then
> out on the internet to the next Tor server in the circuit.  When data
> comes back to my Tor server, it first comes through the SOCKS proxy on to
> the SSH tunnel, and then to my Tor server, then to the client or other Tor
> server in the chain.
> I get the feeling that this should be more secure because:
>  My ISP can't monitor my Tor server's outgoing connections.
> Even of the SSH/SOCKS server's connection was monitored, other peoples Tor
> circuits should be mixed in with my Tor server's connections.
> Any thoughts on this?
>  Also, just so there is no confusion, I am an authorized user of the
> SSH/SOCKS server, and I am not under any bandwidth or CPU usage constraints.
> My access to the server is very fast and the tiny bit of latency seems
> trivial.  I'm only interested in the security implications of this
> approach.  Thanks!
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