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Best way to send a message to the Gateway?


#1

Sometimes TOR exits are blocked and my automatic scripts on my workstation stop working for 10 minutes until a new circuit is established. I’m trying to send a message to the Gateway to get a new identity earlier. The Workstation right now unfortunately has to be on Windows 7. Both are running in VirtualBox.


#2

Take a look at Tor’s manual and read up on how to format a NEWNYM command. This question is better suited for Tor IRC or mail list.


#3

The Whonix specific part of the question:

Connect to Whonix-Gateway IP.

10.152.152.10

Connect to Tor ControlPort (Filter Proxy, onion-grater).

9051

I.e.

10.152.152.10:9051

On Linux one could use netcat.

nc 10.152.152.10 9051

Then one could write command:

SIGNAL NEWNYM

And Tor would reply:

250 OK

The generic part of the question:

To do that for Windows you need to find something similar to netcat (or telnet) for Windows. I don’t know. Figuring that out can be done as per https://www.whonix.org/wiki/Free_Support_Principle.


For reference:


#4

Thanks for the pointers. I got the tor-ctrl connection working now and can send newnym. Even though I’m not using it, I’ve had to set CookieAuthentication 1 in my torrc in order to be able to connect correctly via TCP-Socket. Onion-Grater was showing logs about some cookies auth file missing, which pointed me in the right direction.


#5

Shouldn’t be needed. Works for me out of the box. Linux vs Windows
shouldn’t influence authentication cookie need. No config changes
required for me. Something seems wrong. Could be an indicator of a
bigger issue.

Are you using Whonix 14?

Please post debug output / onion-grater log.