Onions not resolving

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Onions not resolving

Post by jens7 » Fri Feb 22, 2019 5:35 am


After a recent update the Cryptostorm .onion addresses appear to fallback to the clearnet, except for the cryptostorm.is addresses, which remain in the Tor network. I'm using the most recent version of the Tor Browser. Have Tor services been stopped for the others (.org, .nu, etc)?

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Re: Onions not resolving

Post by df » Sat Mar 02, 2019 10:19 pm

I'm pretty sure this was a temporary issue.
The .onion's aren't hosted on this web server, they're hosted on our Romanian server using a simple nginx reverse proxy that relays to the clearnet websites.
Since that'll cause the Romanian server's IP to show up in things like https://cryptostorm.is/test (which was confusing a few people), we changed the reverse proxy to also go over Tor when relaying to the clearnet sites, which is why now when you goto the main site's .onion it'll say at the top that you're on Tor and show some random Tor exit IP.
So now it does you (on tor) -> our .onion on the romanian server -> tor again -> https://cryptostorm.is (or .nu/.org/whatever)

It's usually best to host .onion's on the same server that's hosting the website, especially when you've got a .onion-only website.
But since our .onions are just relays to the clearnet sites for people who can't access them regularly, or don't want their ISP knowing that they're accessing them, there wasn't any harm in hosting them on the Romanian server.

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