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[tor-talk] Tor Weekly News — February 25th, 2015
Tor Weekly News February 25th, 2015
Welcome to the eighth issue in 2015 of Tor Weekly News, the weekly
newsletter that covers what’s happening in the Tor community.
Tor 0.2.6-alpha-3 is out
Nick Mathewson announced  the third (“and hopefully final”) alpha
release in the Tor 0.2.6.x series. The major user- and operator-facing
changes in this release include support for AF_UNIX sockets, allowing
high-risk applications to reach a local Tor without having to enable
other kinds of networking activity; a new warning for relay operators,
in order to make it even harder to accidentally run an exit node;
improvements and additions to the directory system; and much else
See Nick’s announcement for the full changelog, and download your copy
of the source code from the distribution directory , but note that
“this is an alpha release”, so “please expect bugs”.
Tails 1.3 is out
The Tails team announced  version 1.3 of the anonymous live operating
system. This release brings several major new features, including
Bitcoin support with Electrum; connections to Tor using the obfs4
pluggable transport; an AppArmor profile to protect the filesystem
against some kinds of attack on Tor Browser; a simpler Tails drive
creation process on Mac and Linux; and more intuitive handling of
See the announcement for links to the full list of changes and known
issues, and download your copy from the website  or, if you already
have a running Tails, using the incremental update system.
CITIZENFOUR wins many awards
Laura Poitras’ documentary film CITIZENFOUR , recording the initial
encounters between herself, journalist Glenn Greenwald, and the American
surveillance whistleblower (and sometime Tor relay operator ) Edward
Snowden, has been decorated at numerous awards ceremonies over the past
few months  for its artistic and political achievement.
The filmmakers have been tireless in their activism on behalf of Tor and
the free software community both in the mainstream press and at
community conferences ; upon receiving the Ridenhour Documentary Film
Prize last week , Laura called attention to the role of these
projects in the production process: “This film and our NSA reporting
would not have been possible without the work of the Free Software
community that builds free tools to communicate privately. The prize
money for the award will be given to the Tails Free Software project.”
CITIZENFOUR went on to win the Independent Spirit  and Academy 
Awards for Best Documentary Feature over the weekend. The recognition is
richly deserved. Thanks to Laura and her colleagues for their
extraordinary work over the last two years!
Giovanni Pellerano released  a security advisory for a bug in
GlobaLeaks that was introduced on 28th January 2015, and fixed on 16th
February. The bug could have allowed an attacker to read any file in the
/var/globaleaks/ directory with the exception of the Tor onion service
key; if you installed or upgraded your GlobaLeaks instance on or between
those dates, please see Giovanni’s announcement for more details, and
upgrade again as soon as possible.
Nathan Freitas announced  Orbot version 15-alpha-4, featuring bridge
scanning and distribution via QR code, and simpler configuration for
pluggable transports like meek, among other improvements.
Rob Jansen announced  a major new release of Shadow , the Tor
network simulation tool. New features include support for running
Bitcoin software inside the simulation, client activity modelling using
dependency graphs, and much more.
Yaron Goland updated  the Tor Onion Proxy libary , a project to
“enable Android and Java applications to easily host their own Tor Onion
Proxies using the core Tor binaries”. This release incorporates newer
software and a simplified build process.
The organizers of the Workshop on Surveillance and Technology issued a
call for papers  ahead of their event, which will be held on June
29th. The deadline for submission is midnight UTC on March 11th; please
see SAT’s website for topics covered by the workshop and submission
Bendert Zevenbergen relayed  another call for participation, this
time in the ACM SigComm2015 workshop on “Ethics in Networked Systems
Feb 25 13:30 UTC | little-t tor development meeting
| #tor-dev, irc.oftc.net
Feb 25 16:00 UTC | Pluggable transports meeting
| #tor-dev, irc.oftc.net
Mar 01 - 06 | Tor Winter Dev Meeting 2015
| Valencia, Spain
Mar 24 - 25 | Roger and Jake @ RightsCon 2015
| Manila, Philippines
This issue of Tor Weekly News has been assembled by Harmony and Roger
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