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Re: Nodes frequently changing keys...

Thus spake Nick Mathewson (nickm@xxxxxxxxxxxxx):

> On Thu, Dec 07, 2006 at 01:46:39AM -0600, Mike Perry wrote:
> > Several nodes seem to be rapidly rotating keys.. Over the past 24
> > hours or so the following nodes have changed keys:
> Actually, from the look of things, these are actually multiple nodes
> with the same nickname.  This is completely kosher according to the
> spec.  If you want to tell nodes apart, you're supposed to look at the
> identity key, not just at the nickname.  Unless the "Named" flag is
> set in the network status docs, the nickname is not a canonical
> identifier.

Ah. I thought the purpose of using keys was to get the same nodes
after name changes. I thought names were enforced to be unique.

> In some cases, this is probably intentional.  "Unnamed" is currently
> the default nickname used when no nickname is set.
> "ididedittheconfig" seems like an obvious riff on the line in the
> default torrc.  "anonymous" seems like an obvious "I didn't want to
> name this" name.  I'm not so sure abobut waldi, iddbadfpi2, and oinc.

You're right, I should have just looked at the directory. All those
but waldi and oinc actually have different IP addresses. I will try to
be more thorough next time.

Mike Perry
Mad Computer Scientist
fscked.org evil labs