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PrivacyNow is a BadExit (was Re: PrivacyNow node has misconfigured OpenDNS account)

     On Wed, 14 Apr 2010 13:34:47 +0200 Runa Sandvik <runa.sandvik@xxxxxxxxx>
>On Wed, Apr 14, 2010 at 1:31 PM,  <zzzjethro666@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> Hello
>> When you add the exit PrivacyNow to "your" ExcludeExitNodes list, is this
>> done automatically inside of the Tor program afterwards, for any or all
>> clients,=A0 or is this something I need to do also do in my torrc file?
>This is something that you will have to do in your torrc file as well.
     Yes, I guess I kind of botched my first message on this.  I should
have also added a request that the directory authorities flag PrivacyNow
as a "BadExit" because it clearly meets the definition of a bad exit.
However, 1) any bad exits that I report I also add to my own torrc's
ExcludeExitNodes list because a) I want it to take effect immediately and
b) sometimes the authority operators appear to make exceptions for some
misconfigured/miscreant nodes, and 2) I wasn't really awake yet when I was
composing the alarm.
     PrivacyNow is a very high-performance node, and it will be a shame to
lose it as an exit node.  (A few hours ago, it was ranked by torstatus as
the #44 node by throughput.)  However, its owner/operator clearly does not
want to be contacted about problems, so we aren't really left with much
choice.  In any case, it will still be a good entry or middle node for many,
many circuits per second.
     So now I guess I should make the request.  Unless the authorities know
how to reach the operator of PrivacyNow to get his/her OpenDNS configuration
fixed (or switched to Google's open name servers or something similar), will
the authorities please flag PrivacyNow as a BadExit ASAP?

                                  Scott Bennett, Comm. ASMELG, CFIAG
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