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seven bloxortsipt* relays ought *not* to be Valid

     In the directory, I found seven relays whose names all begin with


These relays

	a) are running an obsolete version of tor ( under LINUX,
	   which is far enough back to be a security problem due to the SSL
	   key generation bug in LINUX, 

	b) publish identical ContactInfo "1024D/E5712ECF IPT Support
	   <support@xxxxxxxxxxx>", and

	c) are *NOT* listed as a family, so your client might well build a
	   circuit using two or more of these unsecured relays.  Note that
	   the rule of only one relay in a circuit per /16 will not prevent
	   such a thing from happening in this case because of the offending
	   relays' diversity of IP addresses.

That much, IMO, ought to justify removal of their Valid flags by the
authorities.  In the meantime, I have them all in my ExcludeNodes list, and
I recommend that all relay operators concerned about security in tor do

                                  Scott Bennett, Comm. ASMELG, CFIAG
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