[tor-talk] Tor is out

Roger Dingledine arma at mit.edu
Wed Jul 30 07:48:09 UTC 2014

Tor brings us a big step closer to slowing down the
risk from guard rotation, and fixes a variety of other issues to get
us closer to a release candidate.


Changes in version - 2014-07-28
  o Major features (also in
    - Make the number of entry guards configurable via a new
      NumEntryGuards consensus parameter, and the number of directory
      guards configurable via a new NumDirectoryGuards consensus
      parameter. Implements ticket 12688.

  o Major bugfixes (also in
    - Fix a bug in the bounds-checking in the 32-bit curve25519-donna
      implementation that caused incorrect results on 32-bit
      implementations when certain malformed inputs were used along with
      a small class of private ntor keys. This bug does not currently
      appear to allow an attacker to learn private keys or impersonate a
      Tor server, but it could provide a means to distinguish 32-bit Tor
      implementations from 64-bit Tor implementations. Fixes bug 12694;
      bugfix on Bug found by Robert Ransom; fix from
      Adam Langley.

  o Major bugfixes:
    - Perform circuit cleanup operations even when circuit
      construction operations are disabled (because the network is
      disabled, or because there isn't enough directory information).
      Previously, when we were not building predictive circuits, we
      were not closing expired circuits either. Fixes bug 8387; bugfix on This bug became visible in when we
      became more strict about when we have "enough directory information
      to build circuits".

  o Minor features:
    - Authorities now assign the Guard flag to the fastest 25% of the
      network (it used to be the fastest 50%). Also raise the consensus
      weight that guarantees the Guard flag from 250 to 2000. For the
      current network, this results in about 1100 guards, down from 2500.
      This step paves the way for moving the number of entry guards
      down to 1 (proposal 236) while still providing reasonable expected
      performance for most users. Implements ticket 12690.
    - Update geoip and geoip6 to the July 10 2014 Maxmind GeoLite2
      Country database.
    - Slightly enhance the diagnostic message for bug 12184.

  o Minor bugfixes (also in
    - Warn and drop the circuit if we receive an inbound 'relay early'
      cell. Those used to be normal to receive on hidden service circuits
      due to bug 1038, but the buggy Tor versions are long gone from
      the network so we can afford to resume watching for them. Resolves
      the rest of bug 1038; bugfix on
    - Correct a confusing error message when trying to extend a circuit
      via the control protocol but we don't know a descriptor or
      microdescriptor for one of the specified relays. Fixes bug 12718;
      bugfix on

  o Minor bugfixes:
    - Fix compilation when building with bufferevents enabled. (This
      configuration is still not expected to work, however.)
      Fixes bugs 12438, 12474, 11578; bugfixes on and Patches from Anthony G. Basile and Sathyanarayanan
    - Compile correctly with builds and forks of OpenSSL (such as
      LibreSSL) that disable compression. Fixes bug 12602; bugfix on Patch from "dhill".

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