Tor Browser 8.5a5 is now available from the Tor Browser Project page and also from our
This is my first blog post as the Tor Project’s Executive Director. I can’t express how excited I am for this next journey. I have been a Tor user and advocate since its early days, in the Vidalia times. Tor has come a long way, always evolving to provide a holistic solution for anonymity, security and privacy online.
Today I step down from the role of Executive Director of the Tor Project. I joined the organization three years ago, and I've had the privilege of being part of this special community as it has grown from its teenage years to full adulthood. I am so proud of all that we have accomplished in my short tenure.
We are proud to welcome the newest member of our Board of Directors, Nighat Dad. Nighat is the founder and Executive Director of Digital Rights Foundation, Pakistan. She is an accomplished lawyer and human rights activist, and she is one of the pioneers campaigning for access to a safe and open internet in Pakistan.
There's a new alpha release available for download. If you build Tor from source, you can download the source code for 0.3.5.4-alpha from the usual place on the website. Packages should be available over the coming weeks, with a new alpha Tor Browser release by mid-December.
Remember, this is an alpha release: you should only run this if you'd like to find and report more bugs than usual.
Tor 0.3.5.4-alpha includes numerous bugfixes on earlier versions and improves our continuous integration support. It continues our attempts to stabilize this alpha branch and build it into a foundation for an acceptable long-term-support release.
Changes in version 0.3.5.4-alpha - 2018-11-08
- Major bugfixes (compilation, rust):
- Rust tests can now build and run successfully with the --enable-fragile-hardening option enabled. Doing this currently requires the rust beta channel; it will be possible with stable rust once Rust version 1.31 is released. Patch from Alex Crichton. Fixes bugs 27272, 27273, and 27274. Bugfix on 0.3.1.1-alpha.
- Major bugfixes (embedding, main loop):
- When DisableNetwork becomes set, actually disable periodic events that are already enabled. (Previously, we would refrain from enabling new ones, but we would leave the old ones turned on.) Fixes bug 28348; bugfix on 0.3.4.1-alpha.
We have a new stable release today. If you build Tor from source, you can download the source code for Tor 0.3.4.9 from the download page on the website. Packages should be available within the next several weeks, with a new Tor Browser by mid-December.
Tor 0.3.4.9 is the second stable release in its series; it backports numerous fixes, including a fix for a bandwidth management bug that was causing memory exhaustion on relays. Anyone running an earlier version of Tor 0.3.4.9 should upgrade.
Changes in version 0.3.4.9 - 2018-11-02
- Major bugfixes (compilation, backport from 0.3.5.3-alpha):
- Fix compilation on ARM (and other less-used CPUs) when compiling with OpenSSL before 1.1. Fixes bug 27781; bugfix on 0.3.4.1-alpha.
- Major bugfixes (mainloop, bootstrap, backport from 0.3.5.3-alpha):
- Make sure Tor bootstraps and works properly if only the ControlPort is set. Prior to this fix, Tor would only bootstrap when a client port was set (Socks, Trans, NATD, DNS or HTTPTunnel port). Fixes bug 27849; bugfix on 0.3.4.1-alpha.