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Re: Querying TOR server info
Also, if you are running Tor with the ControlPort open, you want to make sure it's secure and is using one of two methods of authentication if it's not already in a virtual machine. :)
This link (
http://archives.seul.org/or/talk/Aug-2007/msg00130.html ) explains in more detail.
Simply having the "AUTHENTICATE" command as a means of authentication with no hashed password or cookie is bad idea.
You wouldn't use an empty password for your PC or e-mail would you? (I hope not)
So don't leave an empty password for the port that controls your Tor instance, aka, your anonymity, security, and privacy.
Note that the defaults that come with the Tor-Vidalia bundle and several others distributions DO NOT set any authentication for the control port, so you have to manually do it yourself, which could (and probably will) result in Vidalia or other GUI controls not functioning correctly. It's a trade off (for now...) between usability and security, so the choice is yours.
I also want to point out that JanusVM does offer both easy usability and security, even from insecure defaults and side-channel attacks; However, it only uses Tor as a client and not as server node, at this time.
The server node option will be present in the next release, so check it out at the end of this month!
On 8/14/07, Pei Hanru
On 2007-08-14 14:09 CST, ZiM wrote:
> Is it possible to get the list of current entry guards my TOR server (Linux) is using? Sending USR1 signal doesn't seem to print this particular information in logs. It shows current introduction points, but not guards. Is it possible to determine them by looking at TOR's data files? This quite easy in Vidalia/TOR client-only installations, but a server is completely different story.
> Regards, JB
If your Tor server has its control port (normally 9051) open, you may
telnet into it and use getinfo command to get the entry guards list:
$ telnet localhost 9051
> getinfo entry-guards
If the control port is not open, you may view the status file in Tor's
data directory (e.g. /var/lib/tor).