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New Tor Browser Bundles released (take two)

We have some more new Tor Browser Bundles out. This is an upgrade to Firefox 3.6.12 which fixes a critical bug and OS X users' Torbutton will now show up.

Tor Browser Bundle for Windows 1.3.12

1.3.12: Release 2010-10-28

  • Update Firefox to 3.6.12

Tor Browser Bundle for Mac OS X 1.0.4

1.0.4: Released 2010-10-28

  • Update Firefox to 3.6.12
  • Fix weird Torbutton location so users can tell it's installed

Tor Browser Bundle for GNU/Linux 1.0.15

1.0.15: Released 2010-10-28

  • Update Firefox to 3.6.12

Mac OS X Vidalia Bundle with 0.2.2.17-alpha out

Vidalia 0.2.10 changed the way we deal with the geoip databases by dropping the remote geoip lookups. This caused a lot of headaches for OS X users because of the layout of the package, but it's fixed in this version. You can download the new version here.

Please let us know if you have further problems by reporting a bug.

New Tor Browser Bundles released

We have some new Tor Browser Bundles out. The main notable upgrades for these are Firefox 3.6.11 and Pidgin 2.7.4 in the Windows IM bundle.

Tor Browser Bundle for Windows 1.3.11

1.3.11: Release 2010-10-25

  • Update Firefox to 3.6.11
  • Update Pidgin to 2.7.4

Tor Browser Bundle for Mac OS X 1.0.3

1.0.3: Released 2010-10-25

  • Update Firefox to 3.6.11

Tor Browser Bundle for GNU/Linux 1.0.14

1.0.14: Released 2010-10-24

  • Update Firefox to 3.6.11

Tor Metrics - Google Summer of Code 2010

Although it has been a while since GSoC ended, I want to give a quick run-down of my project and how everything went over the summer. The plan was to migrate the Tor metrics portal from the file based system to a database driven one. This allows us to have a more dynamic website and a better interface to derive our statistics and visuals from. I spent most of my time designing the database schema (which had to be carefully optimized due to the amount of data we have), and the remainder of the time working on things such as dynamic graphs and migrating the website to Java Server Pages. Thankfully, I finished almost everything I had planned to do, and it seems as though my work this summer is being put to good use! A significant amount of my metrics code has been merged, which is certainly a good feeling. read more »

September 2010 Progress Report

New Hires

  • Tom Heydt-Benjamin is contracted full-time to work on NSF-related research through December 2010.
  • Erinn Clark is contracted full-time to work on improving packaging, secure updater, tor browser bundles, and continuous integration systems through December 2010. Previously, Erinn was part-time.

New Releases read more »

Tor 0.2.2.17-alpha is out

Tor 0.2.2.17-alpha introduces a feature to make it harder for clients to use one-hop circuits (which can put the exit relays at higher risk, plus unbalance the network); fixes a big bug in bandwidth accounting for relays that want to limit their monthly bandwidth use; fixes a big pile of bugs in how clients tolerate temporary network failure; and makes our adaptive circuit build timeout feature (which improves client performance if your network is fast while not breaking things if your network is slow) better handle bad networks.

https://www.torproject.org/download.html.en

Packages will be appearing over the next few days.

The original announcement is http://archives.seul.org/or/talk/Oct-2010/msg00001.html

Changes in version 0.2.2.17-alpha - 2010-09-30
o Major features:
- Exit relays now try harder to block exit attempts from unknown
relays, to make it harder for people to use them as one-hop proxies read more »

VisiTor - or: a script to tell you how many of your users are probably Tor users

We have heard from web server operators who are wondering how many of
their visitors are using Tor to do so.

We can now answer this question. We have an exit list archive back to
February 2010 and a tool to compare an Apache HTTP server log to these
lists. We can further guess how many of the requests come from Torbutton
users by looking at the user-agent string.

There's a lot of sensitive data involved here, which is why we give out
the archived exit lists and our tool so that web server operators can
run the comparison themselves. read more »

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