Last week the Tor Project announced a new alpha release 0.2.4.1 that includes as one of its major features expanded support for IPv6. From the release notes:
- Bridge authorities now accept IPv6 bridge addresses and include them in network status documents. Implements ticket 5534.
- Clients who set “ClientUseIPv6 1” may connect to entry nodes over IPv6. Set “ClientPreferIPv6ORPort 1” to make this even more likelyto happen. Implements ticket 5535.
- All kind of relays, not just bridges, can now advertise an IPv6 OR port. Implements ticket 6362.
- Directory authorities vote on IPv6 OR ports using the new consensus method 14. Implements ticket 6363.
If you are not familiar with the Tor Project it is a widely used tool for protecting your privacy and enabling anonymous use of the Internet without being tracked. The history of Tor is quite interesting because it originated with a desire within the U.S. Navy to protect online government communications but today is used by many people who want to access Internet services without exposing their identity and/or location.
Tor has many uses across a wide range of fields… and now, at least in an early release version, it can work even better across IPv6!