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Re: Question about the vulnerability

On Sat, 2007-11-08 at 15:33 -0400, nobledark@xxxxxxxxxxxx wrote:
> Roger, thank you for your response - I did follow that thread when 
> it came out and upgraded my systems. The question I have is not 
> really about the vulnerability but more of a general operational 
> one - in what situations is the control port actually used? If I am 
> not running a Tor server but using Tor in client mode, does the 
> Control Port get used? What is it used for? 

The control port is used to let you, another program, another computer,
control/communicate with TOR. If you just install tor as a client and
don't mess about with the config file the control port should be closed
by default. if you install a tor/Vidalia bundle the control port will
need to be open so Vidalia can control/communicate with TOR Same would
go for if you were using TorK, if your TOR is on a net appliance and
configured to be controlled/communicate with Vidalia/TorK/etc on another

Privoxy doesn't fall into this discussion as it just shuttles data
through tor rather then communicating with TOR

you can read more on the control port at:



long story short... if you are using a GUI for tor the control port is
most likely open.

Freemor <freemor@xxxxxxxx>
Freemor <freemor@xxxxxxxxxx>

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