Opened 7 months ago

Last modified 7 months ago

#33859 new defect

The word "bridge" appeared as my entry (guard) node, for no apparent reason

Reported by: Tor235 Owned by: tbb-team
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For some reason, my Tor Circuit appeared strange recently -- normally, the Tor Circuit displays the entry (guard) node as having an IP Address and a country -- however, recently (in the Tor Circuit display) the entry (guard) node appeared as the word "bridge", with no country and no IP address. What does this mean, and is it normal?

I haven't manually set up any bridges, so why is my entry (guard) node appearing simply as the word "bridge"? Netstat shows a familiar Tor entry (guard) node IP address as currently active.

Note that after I closed the browser and reopened it, the Tor Circuit went back to normal.

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comment:1 Changed 7 months ago by arma

My first guess is that tor launcher tried to look up info about your first hop, and for some reason your Tor client didn't have info, and so tor launcher is programmed to say "bridge" in that situation.

If that is so, maybe Tor Launcher needs to be fixed to learn whether it's actually a bridge or not, and say 'unknown' if it isn't. But also if so, we should try to figure out why it couldn't successfully look up your relay (since you were using it, and so your Tor knew about it, and so the lookup should have correctly answered about it).

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