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Re: weird path selection

On Mon, 25 May 2009 11:41:08 -0400
Roger Dingledine <arma@xxxxxxx> wrote:

> On Sun, May 24, 2009 at 08:53:24AM -0500, Scott Bennett wrote:
> >      Someone is up to some shenanigans, methinks.  Or perhaps
> > someone's copy of tor has a newly discovered bug.  I just noticed
> > an odd message go by, so I checked the current log file to see how
> > often it was happening. It turns out it's happening fairly
> > frequently.  So far, there have been 348 of them today, beginning
> > with
> > 
> > May 24 02:08:04.193 [info] connection_or_connect(): Client asked me
> > to connect to myself. Refusing.
> Interesting. Yeah, I've been seeing these lately as well. I added some
> more logging, and it looks like the "Client" is actually a wide
> variety of previous Tor relays. So somebody out there is trying to
> build paths "..., X, moria2, moria2" where X varies widely.
> Is it an attack? I dunno what they'd be attacking.
> My guesses are either a) an alternative Tor client that didn't think
> very hard about its path selection, or b) a scientist experimenting
> with Tor paths who again didn't think very hard about path selection.
Perhaps someone once again trying to build to 1 hop Tor chain to avoid


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