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Wednesday, 01 June 2016 11:36

Tor Browser announces stable 6.0 release


The Tor Browser team has announced the first stable version of its 6.0 release. It can be downloaded from the project's website.

The browser is based on Firefox ESR and this release brings it up-to-date with Firefox 45-ESR, providing better support for HTML5 video on YouTube.

The browser can be run from removable media and is available for Windows, Mac OS X, and GNU/Linux.

The 6.0 series introduces code-signing for OS X systems in order to help users who had difficulty getting the browser to work on the Mac due to Gatekeeper interference.

The team said bundle layout changes had been necessary to adhere to code signing requirements, but the transition to the new Tor Browser layout on disk should go smoothly.

The new release has privacy enhancements and disables features for which the team did not have the time to write a proper fix or where they decided it was potentially harmful in the context of privacy.

This release also ensures that SHA1 certificate support is disabled and the updater is not relying on the signature alone but checks the hash of a downloaded update file as well before applying it. There is also a fix for a Windows installer-related DLL hijacking vulnerability.

The team said it was now using DuckDuckGo as its default search engine, through its meta search provider, Disconnect. Google was used earlier but Disconnect now has no access to Google anymore.

There is some history to this: Disconnect was banned from Android in 2014 and it then filed an anti-trust complaint against Google with European regulators, accusing the search company of abusive conduct.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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