New Release: Tor Browser 8.5a5

Tor Browser 8.5a5 is now available from the Tor Browser Project page and also from our distribution directory.

Starting with this alpha release, we are releasing both the Android and desktop versions on the same day, with similar versioning schemes.

On the desktop side, we included a new Tor alpha version (0.3.5.5-alpha) to help with stabilizing the networking code. Furthermore, we managed to fix two longstanding first party isolation bugs: Both PDF range requests and saving links, images or similar resources using the context menu are now properly isolated to the URL bar domain.

On the Android side, we reached another milestone in our efforts to bring Tor Browser for Android into stable shape. From now on it is not necessary anymore to download Orbot in order to use Tor Browser. We implemented a similar solution to our desktop Tor Browser flavors by shipping and using Orbot in Tor Browser directly. We plan to refine our approach for an even smoother user exprience in the future, so stay tuned. Please note, this release is only supported on armv7 devices (most Android phones and tablets), but x86 devices are not supported (such as Chromebooks).

Additionally, we included the mobile build into our official Tor Browser build infrastructure. The build artifacts are not reproducible yet (although we are pretty close reaching that goal). But fixing that is one of the top priorities for our next big milestone for the Android app.

The full changelog since Tor Browser 8.5a4 is:

  • All Platforms
    • Update Torbutton to 2.1.2
      • Bug 25013: Integrate Torbutton into tor-browser for Android
      • Bug 27111: Update about:tor desktop version to work on mobile
      • Bug 28093: Update donation banner style to make it fit in small screens
      • Bug 28543: about:tor has scroll bar between widths 900px and 1000px
      • Bug 28039: Enable dump() if log method is 0
      • Bug 27701: Don't show App Blocker dialog on Android
      • Bug 28187: Change tor circuit icon to torbutton.svg
      • Bug 28515: Use en-US for english Torbutton strings
      • Translations update
    • Update Tor Launcher to 0.2.18
      • Bug 28039: Enable dump() if log method is 0
      • Translations update
    • Update HTTPS Everywhere to 2018.10.31
    • Update NoScript to 10.2.0
    • Bug 22343: Make 'Save Page As' obey first-party isolation
    • Bug 26540: Enabling pdfjs disableRange option prevents pdfs from loading
  • Windows
    • Update Tor to 0.3.5.5-alpha
    • Bug 28310: Don't build obfs4 with module versioning support
    • Bug 27827: Update Go to 1.11.1
    • Bug 28185: Add smallerRichard to Tor Browser
    • Bug 28657: Remove broken FTE bridge from Tor Browser
  • OS X
    • Update Tor to 0.3.5.5-alpha
    • Bug 28310: Don't build obfs4 with module versioning support
    • Bug 27827: Update Go to 1.11.1
    • Bug 27827: Build snowflake reproducibly
    • Bug 28258: Don't look for webrtc headers under talk/
    • Bug 28185: Add smallerRichard to Tor Browser
  • Linux
    • Update Tor to 0.3.5.5-alpha
    • Bug 28310: Don't build obfs4 with module versioning support
    • Bug 27827: Update Go to 1.11.1
    • Bug 27827: Build snowflake reproducibly
    • Bug 28258: Don't look for webrtc headers under talk/
    • Bug 28185: Add smallerRichard to Tor Browser
    • Bug 28657: Remove broken FTE bridge from Tor Browser
  • Android
    • Bug 28051: Fix up Orbot for inclusion into Tor Browser
    • Bug 26690+25765: Port padlock states for .onion services to mobile
    • Bug 28507: Delete private data in the browser startup
    • Bug 27111+25013: Configure Tor Browser for mobile to load about:tor
    • Bug 27256: Enable TouchEvents on Android
    • Bug 28640: Use system add-on and distributed preferences
  • Build System
    • Bug 27977: Build Orbot inside tor-browser-build
    • Bug 27443: Update Firefox RBM config and build for Android
    • Bug 27439: Add android target for rust compiler
    • Bug 28469: Fix unsupported libbacktrace in Rust 1.26
    • Bug 28468: Modify Android toolchain to support Orbot
    • Bug 28483: Modify Android Toolchain API Version
    • Bug 28472: Add Android Makefile Rules
    • Bug 28470: Add fetch gradle dependency script to common project
    • Bug 28144: Update projects/tor-browser for Android
Anonymous

December 06, 2018

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On Android, if you select a download link, Android will ask for permission to save, when you hit allow, app crashes. If you try to open app back up, it will tell you over and over that the app suddenly closed. Only way to fix this is to uninstall then reinstall or clear all data on Android. I can verify cut and paste works fine for me. I have Android version 7.0

Anonymous

December 08, 2018

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03:04:13.436 TypeError: event.originalTarget.getAttribute is not a function 1 tabbrowser.xml:1299:30
onxbldragover chrome://browser/content/tabbrowser.xml:1299:30

Anonymous

December 09, 2018

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can someone help me out, im new to this part and have no clue which file to download for windows. they give you the option of choosing windows (8.0.3) 32/64-bit (sig) or 64-bit (sig) and then the next option is the windows (8.5a5) so how do i know which one to download? id appreciate some help asap

Anonymous

December 09, 2018

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Comments counter on your blog seems to count and display not only the number of visible comments, but also of some not-yet-approved comments/spam. This has a drawback in case when we see this thread has 60 comments and then 58 comments later that looks like you're censoring/deleting comments.

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