GNUnet 0.11.4 released

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The GNU project's secure anonymous peer to peer file sharing network GNUnet has made another release for testers who are eager to try their vision of a secure overlay network for a secure and privacy-respecting Internet.

GNUnet is a peer to peer network you can use to share files. The files are located by hashes. You can download a file if you know it's hash and any peer with the file you requested will serve it. Communication between peers is done in a manner not unlike onion-routing which means no peer can know exactly who is the original sender of a file or resource.

It is nice to see GNUnet moving forward with a new release. The software and the network has been around for over a decade yet there are still less than 200 active peers.

The developers note that there are still many known issues and problems with GNUnet as of 0.11.4, including:

  • There are known major design issues in the TRANSPORT, ATS and CORE subsystems which will need to be addressed in the future to achieve acceptable usability, performance and security.
  • There are known moderate implementation limitations in CADET that negatively impact performance. Also CADET may unexpectedly deliver messages out-of-order.
  • There are known moderate design issues in FS that also impact usability and performance.
  • There are minor implementation limitations in SET that create unnecessary attack surface for availability.
  • The RPS subsystem remains experimental.
  • Some high-level tests in the test-suite fail non-deterministically due to the low-level TRANSPORT issues.
  • The bug tracker at which lists about 190 more specific issues.

See for more information about GNUNet and to download this release.