New Firefox 17 and Tor alpha bundles

We have some test Tor Browser Bundles available for testing! They contain Firefox 17.0.2esr which we're planning to switch to in February. Just as a reminder: these are alpha bundles. We're still testing them ourselves but we want to get them out for wider circulation so we can find out about any dealbreaker bugs before moving Firefox 17 into the stable bundles. For the more sophisticated users out there, we'd love it if you could run Wireshark with the bundles and let us know if you see anything untoward.

Alpha Tor Browser Bundles can be downloaded here:

https://www.torproject.org/projects/torbrowser.html.en

All of the Tor packages have been updated with Tor 0.2.4.9-alpha as well.

https://www.torproject.org/download/download-easy

Tor Browser Bundle (2.4.9-alpha-1)

  • Update Firefox to 17.0.2esr
  • Update Tor to 0.2.4.9-alpha
  • Update Torbutton to 1.5.0pre-alpha
  • Update NoScript to 2.6.4.3
  • Update HTTPS-Everywhere to 4.0development.5
  • Add Mozilla's PDF.js extension to give people the ability to read PDFs in
    TBB
  • Prevent TBB from trying to access the X session manager (closes: #5261)
    • Firefox patch changes:
    • Isolate image cache to url bar domain (closes: #5742 and #6539)
    • Enable DOM storage and isolate it to url bar domain (closes: #6564)
    • Include nsIHttpChannel.redirectTo API for HTTPS-Everywhere (closes: #5477)
  • Misc preference changes:
    • Disable DOM performance timers (dom.enable_performance) (closes: #6204)
    • Disable HTTP connection retry timeout (network.http.connection-retry-timeout) (closes: #7656)
    • Disable full path information for plugins (plugin.expose_full_path) (closes: #6210)
    • Disable NoScript's block of remote WebFonts (noscript.forbidFonts) (closes: #7937)

Thank you for updating to firefox 17.

Sorry, I can't test your version, becaus I am working with a PPC-iMac Leopard 10.5.8 and a TenFourFox-Browser v. 10.0.11 and I have no Money to buy some newest fucking iMac with Intel and don't need to do something like it, so …

I understand this guys frustration... there are still millions of PowerPC Macs in service around the world. Who made the PowerPC builds and why did they seem to quit somewhere around 0.2.2? If you cant provide a binary, could you at least post the source code with instructions for compiling it under OS 10.5 (the last version to support PowerPC hardware) Thank you.

I understand this guys frustration... there are still millions of PowerPC Macs in service around the world. Who made the PowerPC builds and why did they seem to quit somewhere around 0.2.2? If you cant provide a binary, could you at least post the source code with instructions for compiling it under OS 10.5 (the last version to support PowerPC hardware) Thank you.

Jan 29 19:02:33.420 [Warning] Your Guard BigBoy=9F89491CAB7B03685DEABD358E193FFA74D8D836 is failing a very large amount of circuits. Most likely this means the Tor network is overloaded, but it could also mean an attack against you or the potentially the guard itself. Success counts are 66/158. 65 circuits completed, 0 were unusable, 0 collapsed, and 0 timed out. For reference, your timeout cutoff is 60 seconds.
Jan 29 19:02:35.825 [Warning] Your Guard noiseexit01d=9C98B38FE270546C69205E16047B8D46BBBB0447 is failing a very large amount of circuits. Most likely this means the Tor network is overloaded, but it could also mean an attack against you or the potentially the guard itself. Success counts are 74/179. 72 circuits completed, 0 were unusable, 0 collapsed, and 0 timed out. For reference, your timeout cutoff is 60 seconds.

cant connect to tor network this is the warning i got wen i connect to tor network

Works great!

The only quirk I've noticed is that the context menu now has entries like:

  • Open Tor URL in new Window
  • Open Tor URL in new Tab
  • Copy Tor URL

And that's even if you right-click somewhere that isn't a link, in which case the strangely named items do nothing.

Yes, indeed, I concure in that constatation.

The same here !

https://www.torproject.org/projects/obfsproxy.html.en
All packages are 404 Not Found.

Should be fixed now.

Hi,

I read the Tor-Blogs and Comments about Vidalia and Tor-Button to change all these apps and better download the app Torbrowser-Bundle.

But there is no Version avaiable for my PowerPC-Mac I am still working with …
What can I do now?

I am completely confused by the all the seeming contradictions in this announcement.

First, the title, "New Firefox 17 and Tor alpha bundles", suggests that (even) the _regular_ bundles have been upgraded to include Firefox 17. ("and", the alpha bundles have _also_ been upgraded).

But then the text states that it is the only the ALPHA bundles that have been upgraded with Firefox 17 ESR.

Then, finally, you write,
"All of the Tor packages have been updated with Tor 0.2.4.9-alpha as well"

And link-to the general, NON-ALPHA download page for TBB:
https://www.torproject.org/download/download-easy

Huh?!

What is "All of the Tor packages" supposed to mean, if not the regular, NON-ALPHA TBBs as well?!

But then why would regular, NON-ALPHA releases have been upgraded with an ALPHA version of Tor itself?!

And when I go to
https://www.torproject.org/download/download-easy

I find the same version of TBB that was released back on January 6th: 2.3.25-2

So the only way I could understand your statement,
"All of the Tor packages have been updated with Tor 0.2.4.9-alpha as well", as being accurate would be if you had gone and updated the version of Tor in the 2.3.25-2 TBBs to "Tor 0.2.4.9-alpha"-- but, for some reason, declined to change the name of these TBBs!

Please clarify. Thank you.

Thanks from user from china with TorBrowser-2.3.25-2-osx-x86_64-en-US connection:)

Will the future versions of browser support Full-Screen feature on OS X?

Why is Tor so slow? I mean, it takes forever to load a page. I can't use it on some sites. Is there anyway to speed it up?

"Why is Tor so slow?"

Because its bouncing all of the connections between all these different hops. That's how it makes your traffic difficult to trace.

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