2007-02-08: Tor is out

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Official story is: "This is the eighth development snapshot for the 0.1.2.x series. You'll notice that it's a beta -- more mature than an alpha but not yet a release candidate. It fixes a few crash bugs, and generally continues to clean things up. We're getting close!

The bundles also come with Vidalia 0.0.11."

Changes in version - 2007-02-26:

  • Major bugfixes (crashes):
    • Stop crashing when the controller asks us to resetconf more than one config option at once. (Vidalia 0.0.11 does this.)
    • Fix a crash that happened on Win98 when we're given command-line arguments: don't try to load NT service functions from advapi32.dll except when we need them. (Bug introduced in; resolves bug 389.)
    • Fix a longstanding obscure crash bug that could occur when we run out of DNS worker processes. (Resolves bug 390.)
  • Major bugfixes (hidden services):
    • Correctly detect whether hidden service descriptor downloads are in-progress. (Suggested by Karsten Loesing; fixes bug 399.)
  • Major bugfixes (accounting):
    • When we start during an accounting interval before it's time to wake up, remember to wake up at the correct time. (May fix bug 342.)
  • Minor bugfixes (controller):
    • Give the controller END_STREAM_REASON_DESTROY events _before_ we clear the corresponding on_circuit variable, and remember later that we don't need to send a redundant CLOSED event. (Resolves part 3 of bug 367.)
    • Report events where a resolve succeeded or where we got a socks protocol error correctly, rather than calling both of them "INTERNAL".
    • Change reported stream target addresses to IP consistently when we finally get the IP from an exit node.
    • Send log messages to the controller even if they happen to be very long.
  • Minor bugfixes (other):
    • Display correct results when reporting which versions are recommended, and how recommended they are. (Resolves bug 383.)
    • Improve our estimates for directory bandwidth to be less random: guess that an unrecognized directory will have the average bandwidth from all known directories, not that it will have the average bandwidth from those directories earlier than it on the list.
    • If we start a server with ClientOnly 1, then set ClientOnly to 0 and hup, stop triggering an assert based on an empty onion_key.
    • On platforms with no working mmap() equivalent, don't warn the user when cached-routers doesn't exist.
    • Warn the user when mmap() [or its equivalent] fails for some reason other than file-not-found.
    • Don't warn the user when cached-routers.new doesn't exist: that's perfectly fine when starting up for the first time.
    • When EntryNodes are configured, rebuild the guard list to contain, in order: the EntryNodes that were guards before; the rest of the EntryNodes; the nodes that were guards before.
    • Mask out all signals in sub-threads; only the libevent signal handler should be processing them. This should prevent some crashes on some machines using pthreads. (Patch from coderman.)
    • Fix switched arguments on memset in the implementation of tor_munmap() for systems with no mmap() call.
    • When Tor receives a router descriptor that it asked for, but no longer wants (because it has received fresh networkstatuses in the meantime), do not warn the user. Cache the descriptor if we're a cache; drop it if we aren't.
    • Make earlier entry guards _really_ get retried when the network comes back online.
    • On a malformed DNS reply, always give an error to the corresponding DNS request.
    • Build with recent libevents on platforms that do not define the nonstandard types "u_int8_t" and friends.
  • Minor features (controller):
    • Warn the user when an application uses the obsolete binary v0 control protocol. We're planning to remove support for it during the next development series, so it's good to give people some advance warning.
    • Add STREAM_BW events to report per-entry-stream bandwidth use. (Patch from Robert Hogan.)
    • Rate-limit SIGNEWNYM signals in response to controllers that impolitely generate them for every single stream. (Patch from mwenge; closes bug 394.)
    • Make REMAP stream events have a SOURCE (cache or exit), and make them generated in every case where we get a successful connected or resolved cell.
  • Minor bugfixes (performance):
    • Call router_have_min_dir_info half as often. (This is showing up in some profiles, but not others.)
    • When using GCC, make log_debug never get called at all, and its arguments never get evaluated, when no debug logs are configured. (This is showing up in some profiles, but not others.)
  • Minor features:
    • Remove some never-implemented options. Mark PathlenCoinWeight as obsolete.
    • Implement proposal 106: Stop requiring clients to have well-formed certificates; stop checking nicknames in certificates. (Clients have certificates so that they can look like Tor servers, but in the future we might want to allow them to look like regular TLS clients instead. Nicknames in certificates serve no purpose other than making our protocol easier to recognize on the wire.)
    • Revise messages on handshake failure again to be even more clear about which are incoming connections and which are outgoing.
    • Discard any v1 directory info that's over 1 month old (for directories) or over 1 week old (for running-routers lists).
    • Do not warn when individual nodes in the configuration's EntryNodes, ExitNodes, etc are down: warn only when all possible nodes are down. (Fixes bug 348.)
    • Always remove expired routers and networkstatus docs before checking whether we have enough information to build circuits. (Fixes bug 373.)
    • Put a lower-bound on MaxAdvertisedBandwidth.


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