The Tor Project has announced that the next stable version of Tor browser will by default reject end-of-life nodes.
The Tor Project decided to reject the End-of-Life nodes because negatively affect the network, and in particular stability and security of. In addition, they prevent the release of new features.
“An example is Denial of Service defenses, released at the beginning of 2018 as a direct reaction to a Denial of Service attack large-scale, hosted on the network. Unfortunately, this defense is only available for nodes running supported versions, "says Tor Project.
So the team behind Tor has already begun the process of removing End-of-Life nodes. He has been in touch with node operators since early September, and has asked them to do upgrades.
Currently, these nodes make up about 12% of total bandwidth.
"We expect a small impact on the size of the network," Tor Project said.
Starting this week, the 9 directory authorities will begin rejecting End-Of-Life nodes.
The next stable version of Tor will be released sometime in November. Η version this will override the nodes by default. By then, however, the Tor Project will remove at least 800 nodes.
Node operators will be able to join the network after upgrading to one of the supported versions.
“Support from node operators is needed to keep the network healthy. Operators must update the nodes and machinery their. Nodes are the backbone of all Tor-based software and every operator helps a lot in protection of their privacy and freedom users worldwide. A simple thank you is not enough, "said Tor Project.