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Re: another reason to keep ExcludeNodes
On Tue, Feb 17, 2009 at 05:54:51PM CET, Mitar wrote:
> > I just read Roger's message from July 2006 on playing down the use of
> > ExcludeNodes and maybe eventually eliminating it. I encountered a reason
> > to use it not long ago that doesn't seem to have been mentioned. I noticed
> > that certain image files that are frequently updated and that I look at many
> > times a day were getting truncated at random points in the files. After a
> > little bit of investigation it turned out that one particular relay was
> > always in a circuit that truncated those files, so I added it to my
> > ExcludeNodes list. And voila' complete images from then on.
> Would not it be better if you would report this node so that its
> problem can be fixed?
This could possibly be used to identify anonymous surfers: imagine an $evil
exit node trying to identify somebody surfing on $evil-site1 (which isn't
very popular and only a very small subset of people use it). It just needs
to modify the output a bit and then wait for somebody to complain about it.
Chances are, the one complaining might give away enough info to identify himself..?
Just my 2c,
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