TOR on Academic networks (problem)

Tor User toruser at
Wed May 17 14:45:08 UTC 2006

On 5/17/06, Peter Palfrader <peter at> wrote:
> On Wed, 17 May 2006, Michael Holstein wrote:
> > >You are hurting the Tor network more than you realize.  You are lying
> to
> > >clients and clients cache that answer.  Don't do this.

I don't think it is as bad as that, seeing as the 'blocked' addresses would
not be accessible from most other exit nodes either. Having said that, I
certainly agree that it is never good to break DNS lookups.

Perhaps a reasonable solution might be to redirect requests for journals
back through tor (after telling the client not to trust your exit node, so
as to avoid possible cycles)? It would obviously be inappropriate if the
amount of expected traffic was non-trivial, but in this case it might work

Alternatively, I don't think it would cause much inconvenience if requests
for IP-authenticated webpages were simply routed to an error page that said
"Sorry, but I cannot connect to the IP address you requested. You may want
to explicitly select another exit node".

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