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Tor Browser Team January 2017 Report

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1Tor Browser Team January 2017 Report
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3In January we made three releases, Tor Browser 6.5[1], 7.0a1[2], and 7.0a1-hardened[3].
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5Tor Browser 6.5 is the first stable realease in the 6.5 series and contains a lot of our work done over the last months. Apart from updating core components (like Firefox to 45.7.0esr and tor to 0.2.9.9) we improved Tor Browser both in the security, linkability/fingerprinting, and usability area. For a detailed description of the major changes and an overview of all the differences to the 6.0 series see our blog post accouncing the 6.5 release[1].
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7Besides updating Firefox to 45.7.0esr the alpha and hardened releases contain tor 0 3.0.2-alpha and a number of smaller bug fixes. Linux users are for the first time able to use the snowflake pluggable transport[4]. The alpha series comes with updated sandbox versions (sandboxed-tor-browser 0.0.3 and improved seatbelt profiles for macOS) fixing regressions and issues found after the last alpha release.
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9We continued rebasing our patches for Firefox ESR 52[5] and have a branch ready for review. We further investigated upcoming build issues with a Tor Browser based on ESR 52[6][7], and continued our work on making our build system more robust and faster[8]. Furthermore, we worked on fixing regressions found with the Tor Browser 6.5 release. All issues on our radar in that regard can be found with the tbb-6.5-regression tag in our bug tracker[9].
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11The full list of tickets closed by the Tor Browser team in January is accessible using the TorBrowserTeam201701 tag in our bug tracker[10].
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13For February no releases are planned and we'll concentrate on getting our build and ESR52 transition issues resolved. We plan to start fixing and adapting features that are new in the upcoming ESR series and not compatible with our requirements. Furthermore, addressing the major regressions that came with Tor Browser 6.5 and starting with our Panopticlick-like instance for fingerprinting testing[11] is on our agenda as well.
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15All tickets on our radar for this month can be seen with the TorBrowserTeam201702 tag in our bug tracker[12].
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17Georg
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19[1] https://blog.torproject.org/blog/tor-browser-65-released
20[2] https://blog.torproject.org/blog/tor-browser-70a1-released
21[3] https://blog.torproject.org/blog/tor-browser-70a1-hardened-released
22[4] https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/20735
23[5] https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/20680
24[6] https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/21240
25[7] https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/21328
26[8] https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/17379
27[9] https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/query?keywords=~tbb-6.5-regression
28[10] https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/query?status=closed&keywords=~TorBrowserTeam201701
29[11] https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/6119
30[12] https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/query?keywords=~TorBrowserTeam201702