TBlock 1.0.0 released

TBlock 1.0.0 released

4 June 2021 · Twann

TBlock 1.0.0 has been released, with support for Windows, a lot of improvements and a brand new filter converter. It now also has a package available on Ubuntu PPA as well as Fedora COPR. More than six issues have been closed.

The filter parsing is now even faster than in the previous version, and some bugs with the hosts file format have been fixed.

A new security feature has been added. First of all, the user will have an overview of filters allowed to add redirecting rules, which can be a risk for the network security.
Second of all, starting from now, TBlock will check if the hosts file was edited by something or somebody else since the last hosts update. This is meant to protect users against Hosts hijack.

New status view, with hosts hijack protection
New status view, with hosts hijack protection

The point of this feature is to prevent malwares or hackers to edit the hosts file, but also to fight Windows trying to restore the stock hosts file.
If the hosts file has been edited, the network may be compromised, but the user can easily fix that by running the following command as root:

# tblock -H

TBlock has also a new CLI animation when executing a task, with little animations and icons.

The new CLI animation
The new CLI animation

The code has also been completely re-written, and it took more than a month to do so.

As it is highly recommended to use the new version, you can now update your current version, or install a fresh copy of TBlock as well.

However, if you are using TBlock on Windows, you may want to read the post-installation instructions.