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Tails 2.2 is out

This release fixes many security issues and users should upgrade as soon as possible.

New features

  • Add support for viewing DVDs with DRM protection. (#7674)

Upgrades and changes

  • Replace Vidalia, which has been unmaintained for years, with:
    • a system status icon indicating whether Tails is connected to Tor or not,
    • Onion Circuits to display a list of the current Tor circuits and connections.
  • Automatically save the database of KeePassX after every change to prevent data loss when shutting down. (#11147)

  • Update Tor Browser to 5.5.3.

    • Improve Japanese-style glyph display.
  • Upgrade I2P to 0.9.24.

  • Disable the Alt + Shift and Left Shift + Right Shift keyboard shortcuts that used to switch to the next keyboard layout. You can still use Meta + Space to change keyboard layout. (#11042)

Fixed problems

  • Fix optional PGP key feature of WhisperBack. (#11033)

  • Fix saving of WhisperBack report to a file when offline. (#11133)

  • Make Git verify the integrity of transferred objects. (#11107)

For more details, see also our changelog.

Known issues

See the current list of known issues.

Install or upgrade

To install, follow our installation instructions.

An automatic upgrade is available from 2.0.1 to 2.2.

If it is impossible to automatically upgrade your Tails, read our upgrade instructions.

If your Tails fails to start after an automatic upgrade, please try to do a manual upgrade.

What's coming up?

The next Tails release is scheduled for April 19.

Have a look at our roadmap to see where we are heading to.

We need your help and there are many ways to contribute to Tails (donating is only one of them). Come talk to us!

Support and feedback

For support and feedback, visit the Support section on the Tails website.

Tails 2.0 is out

We are especially proud to present you Tails 2.0, the first version of Tails based on:

  • GNOME Shell, with lots of changes in the desktop environment.
  • Debian 8 (Jessie), which upgrades most included software and improves many things under the hood.

This release fixes many security issues and users should upgrade as soon as possible.

New features

Tails now uses the GNOME Shell desktop environment, in its Classic mode. GNOME Shell provides a modern, simple, and actively developed desktop environment. The Classic mode keeps the traditional Applications, Places menu, and windows list. Accessibility and non-Latin input sources are also better integrated.

To find your way around, read our introduction to GNOME and the Tails desktop.

Upgrades and changes

  • Debian 8 upgrades most included software, for example:

    • Many core GNOME utilities from 3.4 to 3.14: Files, Disks, Videos, etc.
    • LibreOffice from 3.5 to 4.3
    • PiTiVi from 0.15 to 0.93
    • Git from 1.7.10 to 2.1.4
    • Poedit from 1.5.4 to 1.6.10
    • Liferea from 1.8.6 to 1.10
  • Update Tor Browser to 5.5 (based on Firefox 38.6.0 ESR):

    • Add Japanese support.
  • Remove the Windows camouflage which is currently broken in GNOME Shell. We started working on adding it back but your help is needed!

  • Change to systemd as init system and use it to:

    • Sandbox many services using Linux namespaces and make them harder to exploit.
    • Make the launching of Tor and the memory wipe on shutdown more robust.
    • Sanitize our code base by replacing many custom scripts.
  • Update most firmware packages which might improve hardware compatibility.

  • Notify the user if Tails is running from a non-free virtualization software.

  • Remove Claws Mail, replaced by Icedove, a rebranded version of Mozilla Thunderbird.

Fixed problems

  • HiDPI displays are better supported. (#8659)

  • Remove the option to open a download with an external application in Tor Browser as this is usually impossible due to the AppArmor confinement. (#9285)

  • Close Vidalia before restarting Tor.

  • Allow Videos to access the DVD drive. (#10455, #9990)

  • Allow configuring printers without administration password. (#8443)

Known issues

  • Tor Browser 5.5 introduces protection against fingerprinting but due to an oversight it is not enabled in Tails 2.0. However, this is not so bad for Tails users since each Tails system has the same fonts installed, and hence will look identical, so this only means that it's easy to distinguish whether a user of Tor Browser 5.5 uses Tails or not. That is already easy given that Tails has the AdBlock Plus extension enabled, unlike the normal Tor Browser.

See the current list of known issues.

Installing

We also redesigned completely our download and installation instructions to make it easier to get started with Tails.

For example, you can now verify the ISO image automatically from Firefox using a special add-on.

You can also install or upgrade Tails directly from Debian or Ubuntu using the tails-installer package.

Try our new installation assistant.

Upgrading

Tails changed so much since version 1.8.2 that it is impossible to provide an automatic upgrade. We recommend you follow our new manual upgrade instructions instead.

What's coming up?

The next Tails release is scheduled for March 6.

Have a look at our roadmap to see where we are heading to.

We need your help and there are many ways to contribute to Tails (donating is only one of them). Come talk to us!

Support and feedback

For support and feedback, visit the Support section on the Tails website.

Tails 1.7 is out

Tails, The Amnesic Incognito Live System, version 1.7, is out.

This release fixes numerous security issues. All users must upgrade as soon as possible.

New features

  • You can now start Tails in offline mode to disable all networking for additional security. Doing so can be useful when working on sensitive documents.

  • We added Icedove, a rebranded version of the Mozilla Thunderbird email client.

    Icedove is currently a technology preview. It is safe to use in the context of Tails but it will be better integrated in future versions until we remove Claws Mail. Users of Claws Mail should refer to our instructions to migrate their data from Claws Mail to Icedove.

Upgrades and changes

  • Improve the wording of the first screen of Tails Installer.

  • Restart Tor automatically if connecting to the Tor network takes too long. (#9516)

  • Update several firmware packages which might improve hardware compatibility.

  • Update the Tails signing key which is now valid until 2017.

  • Update Tor Browser to 5.0.4.

  • Update Tor to 0.2.7.4.

Fixed problems

  • Prevent wget from leaking the IP address when using the FTP protocol. (#10364)

  • Prevent symlink attack on ~/.xsession-errors via tails-debugging-info which could be used by the amnesia user to bypass read permissions on any file. (#10333)

  • Force synchronization of data on the USB stick at the end of automatic upgrades. This might fix some reliability bugs in automatic upgrades.

  • Make the "I2P is ready" notification more reliable.

Known issues

See the current list of known issues.

Download or upgrade

Go to the download or upgrade page.

If you have been updating automatically for a while and your Tails does not boot after an automatic upgrade, you can update your Tails manually.

What's coming up?

The next Tails release is scheduled for December 15.

Have a look at our roadmap to see where we are heading to.

We need your help and there are many ways to contribute to Tails (donating is only one of them). Come talk to us!

Support and feedback

For support and feedback, visit the Support section on the Tails website.

Tails 1.5 is out

Tails, The Amnesic Incognito Live System, version 1.5, is out.

This release fixes numerous security issues and all users must upgrade as soon as possible.

New features

  • Disable access to the local network in the Tor Browser. You should now use the Unsafe Browser to access the local network.

Upgrades and changes

  • Install Tor Browser 5.0 (based on Firefox 38esr).
  • Install a 32-bit GRUB EFI boot loader. Tails should now start on some tablets with Intel Bay Trail processors among others.
  • Let the user know when Tails Installer has rejected a device because it is too small.

There are numerous other changes that might not be apparent in the daily operation of a typical user. Technical details of all the changes are listed in the Changelog.

Fixed problems

  • Our AppArmor setup has been audited and improved in various ways which should harden the system.
  • The network should now be properly disabled when MAC address spoofing fails.

Known issues

See the current list of known issues.

Download or upgrade

Go to the download page.

What's coming up?

The next Tails release is scheduled for September 22.

Have a look to our roadmap to see where we are heading to.

Do you want to help? There are many ways you can contribute to Tails, for example by donating. If you want to help, come talk to us!

Support and feedback

For support and feedback, visit the Support section on the Tails website.

Tails 1.4 is out

Tails, The Amnesic Incognito Live System, version 1.4, is out.

This release fixes numerous security issues and all users must upgrade as soon as possible.

New features

  • Tor Browser 4.5 now has a security slider that you can use to disable browser features, such as JavaScript, as a trade-off between security and usability. The security slider is set to low by default to provide the same level of security as previous versions and the most usable experience.

    We disabled in Tails the new circuit view of Tor Browser 4.5 for security reasons. You can still use the network map of Vidalia to inspect your circuits.

  • Tails OpenPGP Applet now has a shortcut to the gedit text editor, thanks to Ivan Bliminse.

  • Paperkey lets you print a backup of your OpenPGP secret keys on paper.

Upgrades and changes

  • Tor Browser 4.5 protects better against third-party tracking. Often when visiting a website, many connections are created to transfer both the content of the main website (its page, images, and so on) and third-party content from other websites (advertisements, Like buttons, and so on). In Tor Browser 4.5, all such content, from the main website as well as the third-party websites, goes through the same Tor circuits. And these circuits are not reused when visiting a different website. This prevents third-party websites from correlating your visits to different websites.

  • Tor Browser 4.5 now keeps using the same Tor circuit while you are visiting a website. This prevents the website from suddenly changing language, behavior, or logging you out.

  • Disconnect is the new default search engine. Disconnect provides Google search results to Tor users without captchas or bans.

  • Better support for Vietnamese in LibreOffice through the installation of fonts-linuxlibertine.

  • Disable security warnings when connecting to POP3 and IMAP ports that are mostly used for StartTLS nowadays.

  • Support for more printers through the installation of printer-driver-gutenprint.

  • Upgrade Tor to 0.2.6.7.

  • Upgrade I2P to 0.9.19 that has several fixes and improvements for floodfill performance.

  • Remove the obsolete #i2p-help IRC channel from Pidgin.

  • Remove the command line email client mutt and msmtp.

There are numerous other changes that might not be apparent in the daily operation of a typical user. Technical details of all the changes are listed in the Changelog.

Fixed problems

  • Make the browser theme of the Windows 8 camouflage compatible with the Unsafe Browser and the I2P Browser.

  • Remove the Tor Network Settings... from the Torbutton menu.

  • Better support for Chromebook C720-2800 through the upgrade of syslinux.

  • Fix the localization of Tails Upgrader.

  • Fix the OpenPGP key servers configured in Seahorse.

  • Prevent Tor Browser from crashing when Orca is enabled.

Known issues

  • Claws Mail stores plaintext copies of all emails on the remote IMAP server, including those that are meant to be encrypted. If you send OpenPGP encrypted emails using Claws Mail and IMAP, make sure to apply one of the workarounds documented in our security announcement.

  • See the current list of known issues.

Download or upgrade

Go to the download page.

What's coming up?

The next Tails release is scheduled for June 30.

Have a look to our roadmap to see where we are heading to.

Do you want to help? There are many ways you can contribute to Tails. If you want to help, come talk to us!

Tails 1.3 is out

Tails, The Amnesic Incognito Live System, version 1.3, is out.

This release fixes numerous security issues and all users must upgrade as soon as possible.

New features

  • Electrum is an easy to use bitcoin wallet. You can use the Bitcoin Client persistence feature to store your Electrum configuration and wallet.

  • The Tor Browser has additional operating system and data security. This security restricts reads and writes to a limited number of folders. Learn how to manipulate files with the new Tor Browser.

  • The obfs4 pluggable transport is now available to connect to Tor bridges. Pluggable transports transform the Tor traffic between the client and the bridge to help disguise Tor traffic from censors.

  • Keyringer lets you manage and share secrets using OpenPGP and Git from the command line.

Upgrades and changes

  • The Mac and Linux manual installation processes no longer require the isohybrid command. Removing the isohybrid command simplifies the installation.
  • The tap-to-click and two-finger scrolling trackpad settings are now enabled by default. This should be more intuitive for Mac users.
  • The Ibus Vietnamese input method is now supported.
  • Improved support for OpenPGP smartcards through the installation of GnuPG 2.

There are numerous other changes that may not be apparent in the daily operation of a typical user. Technical details of all the changes are listed in the Changelog.

Known issues

See the current list of known issues.

Download or upgrade

Go to the download page.

What's coming up?

The next Tails release is scheduled for April 7.

Have a look to our roadmap to see where we are heading to.

Do you want to help? There are many ways you can contribute to Tails. If you want to help, come talk to us!

Support and feedback

For support and feedback, visit the Support section on the Tails website.

Tails 1.2.1 is out

Tails, The Amnesic Incognito Live System, version 1.2.1, is out.

This release fixes numerous security issues and all users must upgrade as soon as possible.

Changes

Notable user-visible changes include:

  • Security fixes
    • Upgrade Linux to 3.16.7-1.
    • Install Tor Browser 4.0.2 (based on Firefox 31.3.0esr).
  • Bugfixes
    • Restore mouse scrolling in KVM/Spice (ticket #7426).
    • Suppress excessive (and leaky!) Torbutton logging (ticket #8160).
    • Don't break the Unsafe and I2P Browsers after installing incremental upgrades (ticket #8152, ticket #8158).
    • External links in various applications should now open properly in the Tor Browser (ticket #8153, ticket #8186).
    • Fix clearsigning of text including non-ASCII characters in gpgApplet (ticket #7968).
  • Minor improvements
    • Upgrade I2P to 0.9.17-1~deb7u+1.
    • Make GnuPG configuration closer to the best practices (ticket #7512).
    • Remove TrueCrypt support and document how to open TrueCrypt volumes using cryptsetup (ticket #5373).

See the online Changelog for technical details.

Known issues

  • Users of the GnuPG keyrings and configuration persistence feature should follow some manual steps after upgrading a Tails USB stick or SD card installation to Tails 1.2.1.
  • Longstanding known issues.

I want to try it or to upgrade!

Go to the download page.

As no software is ever perfect, we maintain a list of problems that affects the last release of Tails.

What's coming up?

The next Tails release is scheduled for January 14.

Have a look at our roadmap to see where we are heading to.

Do you want to help? There are many ways you can contribute to Tails. If you want to help, come talk to us!

Support and feedback

For support and feedback, visit the Support section on the Tails website.

Tails 1.2 is out

Tails, The Amnesic Incognito Live System, version 1.2, is out.

This release fixes numerous security issues and all users must upgrade as soon as possible.

Changes

Notable user-visible changes include:

  • Major new features
    • Install (most of) the Tor Browser, replacing our previous Iceweasel-based browser. The version installed is from TBB 4.0 and is based on Firefox 31.2.0esr. This fixes the POODLE vulnerability.
    • Upgrade Tor to 0.2.5.8-rc.
    • Confine several important applications with AppArmor.
  • Bugfixes
    • Install Linux 3.16-3 (version 3.16.5-1).
  • Minor improvements
    • Upgrade I2P to 0.9.15, and isolate I2P traffic from the Tor Browser by adding a dedicated I2P Browser. Also, start I2P automatically upon network connection, when the i2p boot option is added.
    • Make it clear that TrueCrypt will be removed in Tails 1.2.1 (ticket #7739), and document how to open TrueCrypt volumes with cryptsetup.
    • Enable VirtualBox guest additions by default (ticket #5730). In particular this enables VirtualBox's display management service.
    • Make the OTR status in Pidgin clearer thanks to the formatting toolbar (ticket #7356).
    • Upgrade syslinux to 6.03-pre20, which should fix UEFI boot on some hardware.

See the online Changelog for technical details.

Known issues

I want to try it or to upgrade!

Go to the download page.

As no software is ever perfect, we maintain a list of problems that affects the last release of Tails.

What's coming up?

The next Tails release is scheduled for November 25.

Have a look to our roadmap to see where we are heading to.

Do you want to help? There are many ways you can contribute to Tails. If you want to help, come talk
to us!

Support and feedback

For support and feedback, visit the Support section on the Tails website.

Tails 1.1.2 is out

Tails, The Amnesic Incognito Live System, version 1.1.2, is out.

This release fixes numerous security issues and all users must upgrade as soon as possible.

We prepared this release mainly to fix a serious flaw in the Network Security Services (NSS) library used by Firefox and other products allows attackers to create forged RSA certificates.

Before this release, users on a compromised network could be directed to sites using a fraudulent certificate and mistake them for legitimate sites. This could deceive them into revealing personal information such as usernames and passwords. It may also deceive users into downloading malware if they believe it’s coming from a trusted site.

Changes

Notable user-visible changes include:

  • Security fixes
    • Upgrade the web browser to 24.8.0esr-0+tails3~bpo70+1
    • Install Linux 3.16-1
    • Numerous other software upgrades that fix security issues: GnuPG, APT, DBus, Bash, and packages built from the bind9 and libav source packages

See the online Changelog for technical details.

Known issues

Longstanding known issues.

I want to try it or to upgrade!

Go to the download page.

As no software is ever perfect, we maintain a list of problems that affects the last release of Tails.

What's coming up?

The next Tails release is scheduled for October 14.

Have a look to our roadmap to see where we are heading to.

Do you want to help? There are many ways you can contribute to Tails. If you want to help, come talk to us!

Support and feedback

For support and feedback, visit the Support section on the Tails website.

Tails 1.1.1 is out

Tails, The Amnesic Incognito Live System, version 1.1.1, is out.

All users must upgrade as soon as possible: this release fixes numerous security issues.

Download it now.

Changes

Notable user-visible changes include:

  • Security fixes
    • Upgrade the web browser to 24.8.0esr-0+tails1~bpo70+1 (Firefox 24.8.0esr + Iceweasel patches + Torbrowser patches).
    • Add an I2P boot parameter. Without adding "i2p" to the kernel command line, I2P will not be accessible for the Live user. I2P was also upgraded to 0.9.14.1-1~deb7u+1, and stricter firewall rules are applied to it, among other security enhancements.
    • Upgrade Tor to 0.2.4.23-2~d70.wheezy+1 (fixes CVE-2014-5117).
    • Upgrade Linux to 3.14.15-2 (fixes CVE-2014-3534, CVE-2014-4667 and CVE-2014-4943).
    • Prevent dhclient from sending the hostname over the network (ticket #7688).
    • Override the hostname provided by the DHCP server (ticket #7769).
  • Bugfixes
    • Don't ship OpenJDK 6: I2P prefers v7, and we don't need both (ticket #7807).
    • Prevent Tails Installer from updating the system partition properties on MBR partitions (ticket #7716).
  • Minor improvements
    • Upgrade to Torbutton 1.6.12.1.
    • Install gnome-user-guide (ticket #7618).
    • Install cups-pk-helper (ticket #7636).
    • Update the SquashFS sort file, which should speed up boot from DVD (ticket #6372).
    • Compress the SquashFS more aggressively (ticket #7706) which should make the Tails ISO image smaller.

See the online Changelog for technical details.

Known issues

Longstanding known issues.

I want to try it or to upgrade!

Go to the download page.

What's coming up?

The next Tails release is scheduled for October 14.

Have a look to our roadmap to see where we are heading to.

Do you want to help? There are many ways you can contribute to Tails. If you want to help, come talk to us!

Support and feedback

For support and feedback, visit the Support section on the Tails website.

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