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Re: Tor (started by Vidalia) ignores StrictEntryNodes + EntryNodes

Am I correct to assume that your message below means that when UseEntryGuards is set to 1 it causes Tor to ignore the value of StrictEntryNodes?

The manual doesn't state that UseEntryGuards takes precedence over StrictEntryNodes. Which is unfortunate because UseEntryGuards defaults to 1, which means that StrictEntryNodes is, by default, ignored.

On Mon, Dec 22, 2008 at 4:27 AM, zmj <zangmj@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Tor has 3 default EntryGuards. They are different from EntryNodes which are defined by users.
Tor picks EntryGuards by itself.
UseEntryGuards 0|1
If this option is set to 1, we pick a few long-term entry servers, and try to stick with them. This is desirable because constantly changing servers increases the odds that an adversary who owns some servers will observe a fraction of your paths. (Defaults to 1.)

NumEntryGuards NUM
If UseEntryGuards is set to 1, we will try to pick a total of NUM routers as long-term entries for our circuits. (Defaults to 3.)

look here: https://www.torproject.org/tor-manual-dev.html.en

On Wed, Dec 17, 2008 at 2:02 AM, Fran Litterio <flitterio@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On Tue, Dec 16, 2008 at 12:32 PM, I wrote:
I'm running Vidalia 0.1.10 and Tor (r17346) on Windows XP.

I stopped Tor from the Vidalia GUI, and manually edited Vidalia's
"torrc" file, adding these two lines at the bottom:

 StrictEntryNodes 1
 EntryNodes BostonUCompSci,FSF,moria1,SelfEvident,superbad,fuga,augrime,askatasuna,VSvTZGO7UPj4yh8,conf555nick,desync,phobos

After re-starting Tor from the Vidalia GUI, I see circuits that have
entry nodes that are _not_ from the above list. In fact, nearly all
circuits have entry nodes that are not from the above list.

Update: If I add the following four lines to the bottom of Vidalia's "torrc" file, then Tor honors the StrictExitNodes + ExitNodes options, but it ignores the StrictEntryNodes + EntryNodes options:

  StrictEntryNodes 1
  EntryNodes BostonUCompSci,FSF,moria1,SelfEvident
  StrictExitNodes 1
  ExitNodes BostonUCompSci,FSF,moria1,SelfEvident

Although, Tor seems to only use the first of the specified ExitNodes. Shouldn't it round-robin between them?