#2350 new enhancement

Persistent Introducer connections leak IP addresses even when idle

Reported by: cloud_trouble Owned by:
Priority: normal Milestone: undecided
Component: code-network Version: 1.10.0
Keywords: privacy Cc:
Launchpad Bug:


When the tahoe service is running it maintains a TCP connection to the Introducer (and storage servers?) even when idle. This can lead to unintentional information leaks.

For example, every coffee shop a user visits learns the user's home IP address (if she runs a node there), even if she hasn't used tahoe.

This might conflict with user's expectations: when a user "puts" or "gets" a file, she knows she is connecting to the tahoe nodes; but when the service is running in the background, she may not expect it to be maintaining connections.

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