Stable Tor 6.0 browser released for Windows 10

By: Vamien McKalin
2 minute read

The Tor team finally released a stable version of its Tor web browser. The 6.0 edition adds code signing for Apple’s OSX, letting Mac users finally install Tor without going through Gatekeeper issues.

The Tor Browser is based off Firefox architecture and as such, the core Firefox build was updated to version 45-ESR. Furthermore, there are several similar updates, the most notable being OpenSSL, HTTPS-Everywhere, and Torbutton. Just last month, Mozilla released Firefox 46 final alongside the Firefox 47 beta, so as it stands, the main Firefox base code is ahead of what Tor offers.

There’s also a new security layer added to Tor Browser 6.0. Now, when a user downloads a file, the browser checks the hash of the downloaded file along with its signature before finally applying the download. And remember that long-standing DLL issue? The developers finally managed to release a fix for it, so now the browser should be much safer than before.

The release also features new privacy enhancements and disables features where we either did not have the time to write a proper fix or where we decided they are rather potentially harmful in a Tor Browser context.

Here’s what the Tor team had to say via a recent blog post:

On the security side this release makes sure that SHA1 certificate support is disabled and our updater is not only relying on the signature alone but is checking the hash of the downloaded update file as well before applying it. Moreover, we provide a fix for a Windows installer related DLL hijacking vulnerability.

As per usual with these type of releases, there is a long list of bug fixes and other important details for advanced users to comb through. We doubt the team managed to get rid of every issue, but from what we have seen from the release notes, over three dozen bugs have been addressed.

Microsoft also recently updated its Edge web browser Insiders, but users are still complaining of frequent crashes, so a fix should be inbound.

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