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    55'''Subject:''' Tor Weekly News — April 29th, 2015
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    7 {{{
    8 ========================================================================
    9 Tor Weekly News                                         April 29th, 2015
    10 ========================================================================
    11 
    12 Welcome to the seventeenth issue in 2015 of Tor Weekly News, the weekly
    13 newsletter that covers what’s happening in the Tor community.
    14 
    15 Tor Browser 4.5 is out
    16 ----------------------
    17 
    18 Mike Perry announced [1] the first stable release in Tor Browser’s 4.5
    19 series. This version includes numerous major new features and updates,
    20 and represents a significant advance in user-friendly security
    21 technology.
    22 
    23 The most visible new features have been covered in previous issues of
    24 Tor Weekly News. Tor Browser’s onion menu has been reorganized for ease
    25 of use, and now includes a diagram showing the locations and IP
    26 addresses of the relays that make up the Tor circuit used to access a
    27 website — one of the features most missed from the now-defunct Vidalia
    28 controller. The “security slider”, accessible in the onion menu’s
    29 “Privacy and Security Settings”, can be set at one of four levels
    30 depending on a user’s needs, disabling browser features which may give
    31 adversaries an opportunity to attack, at the cost of making some web
    32 pages less usable.
    33 
    34 Tor Browser’s “first-party isolation” feature has been expanded: when
    35 you visit a website, all requests for the content on that domain name
    36 (including third-party elements like advertising beacons, analytics
    37 trackers, and content delivery networks) will be made over the same Tor
    38 circuit, and each domain name is restricted to its own Tor circuit,
    39 which is maintained for as long as the site is in active use. This makes
    40 an adversary’s tracking of a Tor user’s activity across different sites
    41 even harder than it was already, while ensuring that the usability of
    42 websites is not affected by sudden changes of exit relay.
    43 
    44 For full explanations of these and other features — including better
    45 desktop integration, a new search provider, improvements to the software
    46 signature process, and more — please see the team’s announcement. Users
    47 of what was the 4.5-alpha series will be prompted to update
    48 automatically by their Tor Browser, while users of the stable 4.0.8 will
    49 receive the same prompt in about a week’s time, “because [the] changes
    50 are significant”. And if you don’t already have a working copy of Tor
    51 Browser, head to the download page [2] to get started. Congratulations
    52 to the Tor Browser team on reaching this milestone!
    53 
    54   [1]: https://blog.torproject.org/blog/tor-browser-45-released
    55   [2]: https://www.torproject.org/projects/torbrowser.html
    56 
    57 Miscellaneous news
    58 ------------------
    59 
    60 Karsten Loesing announced [3] that the onionoo-announce mailing list
    61 will be shut down in favor of posting announcements about major Onionoo
    62 protocol updates to the tor-dev mailing list [4], “because each Tor
    63 mailing list makes it more difficult for new contributors to decide
    64 which of them to subscribe to”. If these announcements are relevant to
    65 your work, please be sure to subscribe to tor-dev — you can set your
    66 mail client to filter for the keyword “Onionoo” if you’d rather not
    67 receive other Tor development-related messages.
    68 
    69   [3]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/onionoo-announce/2015/000004.html
    70   [4]: https://lists.torproject.org/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/tor-dev
    71 
    72 Also in Onionoo news, Thomas White announced [5] that his mirror of the
    73 service is now also available at an onion address.
    74 
    75   [5]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-talk/2015-April/037619.html
    76 
    77 Lucas Erlacher announced [6] version 0.3.0 of OnionPy, “a pure-python
    78 Onionoo request wrapper that supports transparent caching”. The new
    79 release respects Onionoo’s “version” field in query responses.
    80 
    81   [6]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-dev/2015-April/008755.html
    82 
    83 Upcoming events
    84 ---------------
    85 
    86   May 03 19:00 UTC | Tails contributors meeting
    87                    | #tails-dev, irc.oftc.net
    88                    | https://mailman.boum.org/pipermail/tails-project/2015-April/000187.html
    89                    |
    90   May 04 18:00 UTC | Tor Browser online meeting
    91                    | #tor-dev, irc.oftc.net
    92                    |
    93   May 04 18:00 UTC | OONI development meeting
    94                    | #ooni, irc.oftc.net
    95                    |
    96   May 05 18:00 UTC | little-t tor patch workshop
    97                    | #tor-dev, irc.oftc.net
    98                    |
    99   May 13 02:00 UTC | Pluggable transports/bridges meeting
    100                    | #tor-dev, irc.oftc.net
    101 
    102 
    103 This issue of Tor Weekly News has been assembled by Harmony.
    104 
    105 Want to continue reading TWN? Please help us create this newsletter.
    106 We still need more volunteers to watch the Tor community and report
    107 important news. Please see the project page [7], write down your
    108 name and subscribe to the team mailing list [8] if you want to
    109 get involved!
    110 
    111   [7]: https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/wiki/TorWeeklyNews
    112   [8]: https://lists.torproject.org/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/news-team
    113 }}}
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