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If I'm going to have decoys in my transactions, I need to know about them somehow. How does Monero prevent the remote node I'm connected to from feeding me known ring members, effectively ruining that part of Monero's privacy?

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This is indeed one of the problems with using a public remote node controlled by someone else. There is some related information in this answer.

For optimal privacy one should use their own node (whether local or remote).

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  • I don't quite understand that answer since it says it's since been fixed. Can you add more clarity to your answer? – Dr-Bracket Feb 28 at 18:57
  • One particular aspect was fixed with the linked PR - leaking to a remote node which tx in a block is destined for you. This is different than asking a node for output indices to use as potential ring members. – jtgrassie Feb 29 at 0:43

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