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Re: flooding attacks to discover hidden services

On Tue, Jan 02, 2007 at 01:39:05AM +1100, Wikileaks wrote:
> Does the public nature of tor routers makes hidden services  
> vulnerable to
> discovery using flooding attacks?
> Open an onion connection to the hidden service, asking for echos. Now  
> flood each
> router. If the "ping" is overly delayed, the router is on the hidden  
> path.
> Since the rendezvous node is known and the other nodes vary over  
> time, this will
> eventually reveal the entry node.

You've roughly described the attacks we carried out that are described
in "Locating Hidden Servers". Hidden servers and Tor clients in general
are much less vulnerable to this since the introduction of entry guards
about a year ago. See
also to counter flooding to introduction points and related issues

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