New Tor Browser 8.0 No Longer Reports Every User Using Same OS
Now we no longer look the same.
Until this latest version, the Tor Browser sent headers to every site (in the GET request) that were identical for every Tor Browser user. That helped make every Tor Browser user look exactly like every other Tor Browser user. This is broken in version 8.0. Now, our OS is correctly reported.
Prove it to yourself. Load this page. https://pgl.yoyo.org/http/browser-headers.php
These are the headers sent with your GET request for that page.
Here's what mine look like.
User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux x86_64; rv:60.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/60.0
Accept-Encoding: gzip, deflate, br
Used to be, every Tor Browser's headers were identical, but I'll bet yours now look different from mine. The part of the useragent in parentheses very probably is different from mine.
Now look in about:config for general.useragent.override
. See the value there? Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; rv:60.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/60.0
. When I put this value into Pale Moon, this is the useragent that is sent to sites. Not so in the new
Tor Browser. This, IMNAAHO, is a serious bug.
Others have noticed this too, and they're complaining to Tor. Look in the comments here. https://blog.torproject.org/new-release-tor-browser-80