Tor Browser 7.5a8 update released

Martin Brinkmann
Nov 20, 2017
Updated • Nov 21, 2017

The Tor team has released an update for Tor Browser, a modified version of the Firefox web browser with Tor functionality built-in.

The developers release new versions of Tor browser regularly, usually shortly after Mozilla pushes out an update for the organization's Firefox Extended Support Release (ESR) as it is based on that version.

Firefox ESR is designed for long-term support scenarios. It gets the same security updates as regular Firefox editions (if applicable), but major updates are only released every eight release cycles.

The downside to this slower pacing is that Firefox ESR won't support new features until the next major update. This means right now for instance that Firefox ESR, and Tor Browser, support legacy Firefox add-ons whereas the regular version of Firefox does not.

Tor Browser updated

tor browser 7.5a8

The latest version of Tor Browser is available for all supported operating systems. Windows users who run systems with 64-bit processes can download a 64-bit version of Tor Browser, but users who run the 32-bit version on 64-bit editions won't be upgraded.

So, users and administrators who want to switch to the 64-bit version need to install it to do so. The development team notes that "the sandbox" is not enabled yet on the 64-bit version though, but that is planned for the next release of Tor browser.

As far as the update is concerned, the team updated the underlying version of Firefox to Firefox ESR 52.5.0, and the underlying version of Tor to The Firefox update fixed several security vulnerabilities.

The included extensions HTTPS Everywhere and NoScript have been updated as well.

Windows users furthermore can use the new configuration interface of the Tor Launcher user interface. This can be accessed with a click on the "configure" button when Tor Browser starts.

Options there are to set the "Tor is censored in my country" and "I use a proxy to connect to the Internet" options. If you set the first, options to select a bridge are provided.

tor browser network settings

Interested users can check out the full changelog of Tor Browser 7.5a8 on the official Tor Project website.





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  1. D33pW3b H1st0r14n said on November 21, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    The tor browser is leaving behind the crimeware reputation for a new field, the one of antifingerprint and privacy-facing project.
    First-Party Isolation (FPI) is the latest and GREATEST feature that comes into F1r3f0x from our beloved TOR BROWSER.

    Tor delivers patches, all coming from — The Tor Uplift project — Link:

    As an H1st0r14n of hacking thru human H1st0ry I’d like to point the irony: Tor browser, based on Firefox, now turning against the Mozilla Beast with these AWESOME patches.

    I’d like to add that the last standing browser between the two will be the community-based one and not the corporation-based… aha ;/

    1. Brainfart said on November 22, 2017 at 5:02 pm

      What ? Tor Browser is not turning against Firefox, it’s just Firefox ESR with a bunch of important changes, such as indeed FPI. And Firefox is now gobbling up those changes both in order to ease the life of the Tor team and benefit all Firefox users.

      Both teams are closer than ever, not fighting against each other. In the end, Firefox’s private browsing mode will be using Tor. That’s what Mozilla wants. BTW it also wants to help the Tor team standardize the Tor protocols so that other programs and browsers than Firefox can use it in the more distant future. How corporate of them.

      (By the way 40% of Firefox code comes from volunteers, that’s for the community part of your odd comment)

  2. Dave said on November 21, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    Where can windows users download a 64 bit version? shows a combined “32/64-bit” link for windows not the separate 32-bit and 64-bit links like for apple and linux.

    EDIT: I see it now, the new “experimental” version this artical is about is now available in a 64-bit version. (just needed to keep scrolling down the page)

  3. Gerard said on November 21, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    Beware: v. 7.5a8 is an alpha version, so v. 7.5 hasn’t even reached the beta phase yet.
    The current stable version of the Tor Browser is 7.0.10
    ( )

  4. Rick A. said on November 21, 2017 at 5:52 am

    Any word on the 64 Bit version ?

    1. Rick A. said on November 21, 2017 at 12:47 pm

      As in when will the 64 Bit version be available ?

      1. Dave said on November 21, 2017 at 5:45 pm

        It’s there, just keep scrolling down until you see it under “Experimental Tor Browser”. I missed it at first look myself.

  5. -=obfuscator=- said on November 21, 2017 at 1:17 am

    T0r is love.

    T0r is life.

  6. L33T H4X0R said on November 20, 2017 at 10:56 pm

    Yes, I love Tor.

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