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Release 1.5.4 #9320
This is a small but important update to the Meteor 1.5.x series, which follows up on the recent Meteor 1.5.3 by updating Node.js to 4.8.6, released today (Nov 7, 2017) as part of the Node.js v4 "Maintenance" LTS updates.
The Node.js "notable changes" are below, but subtly and most notably for Meteor, the detailed commits includes our fix to an improperly applied V8 garbage collection patch on Node.js core which was causing segmentation faults, as found in our test-suite, #8648 and nodejs/node#14228 and fixed with nodejs/node#14829, which had previously applied to Meteor releases 1.5.3, 184.108.40.206, 220.127.116.11 and 1.5.2 with a custom Node.js thanks to #9031.
Also included is, what is claimed by the Node.js Foundation to be a low-impact OpenSSL update, as announced in their blog last week: https://nodejs.org/en/blog/vulnerability/openssl-november-2017/.
The LTS maintenance window of the v4 series will end in April 2018 and while Meteor will continue to update Node.js versions through that period as appropriate, developers are encouraged to start making the transition to Meteor 1.6 which is built on Node.js 8. Node.js 8 is slated to be under LTS by the Node.js Foundation until December 2019!
2017-11-07, Version 4.8.6 'Argon' (Maintenance)
Notable Changes for Meteor: