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Re: Proposal of a new hidden wiki

Well I think that just through system-backups, maintenance, restarting
etc. that the descriptor upload times would be fairly random anyways,
especially if a random-turn-off function was implemented.
Comrade Ringo Kamens

On 8/8/07, Robert Hogan <robert@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Wednesday 08 August 2007 19:32:39 Ringo Kamens wrote:
> > I'm interested in testing this out with somebody. Until then, can any
> > devs/tor hackers enlighten us as to what would determine which host
> > gets picked? Would it be whoever is the fewest hops away? If so, one
> > host would get the most traffic if it was consistently closest to fast
> > servers.
> > Comrade Ringo Kamens
> >
> The spec says:
>   Upon receiving a descriptor, the directory server checks the signature,
>    and discards the descriptor if the signature does not match the enclosed
>    public key.  Next, the directory server checks the timestamp.  If the
>    timestamp is more than 24 hours in the past or more than 1 hour in the
>    future, or the directory server already has a newer descriptor with the
>    same public key, the server discards the descriptor.  Otherwise, the
>    server discards any older descriptors with the same public key and
>    version format, and associates the new descriptor with the public key.
>    The directory server remembers this descriptor for at least 24 hours
>    after its timestamp.  At least every 18 hours, Bob's OP uploads a
>    fresh descriptor.
> So if a number of servers shared the same hidden-service key they would just
> overwrite each other's descriptor with each upload. They would never
> co-exist, instead the most recent poster would get the traffic.
> It seems like it should work as long as the servers agreed to update at
> different times. Not sure how secure such a service would be though.
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