This report covers the activity of Tails in October 2017.

Everything in this report is public.

A. VeraCrypt support in GNOME

A.1 Research user needs and development costs

  • User needs:

    • We installed LimeSurvey on our infrastructure.

    • We created a draft survey and refined it after conducting two pilot tests with VeraCrypt users.

    • We advertised the final survey from the homepage of Tor Browser in Tails on October 17:

    • Our users have been very responsive to our call and since then we have gathered 30 complete answers to the survey each day on average, reaching 375 in total on October 30.

A.4 Add VeraCrypt support to udisks

  • Since VeraCrypt volumes are, by design, not distinguishable from random data, we researched ways to indicate to the user that a volume might be a VeraCrypt volume.
  • We implemented a method to assess whether a volume is a candidate for being VeraCrypt encrypted.
  • We researched and started discussing different ways to handle unlocking of VeraCrypt candidates.

A.5 Add VeraCrypt support to GNOME Disks

We added preliminary support for locking and unlocking VeraCrypt volumes in GNOME Disks.

B. Additional software

We started working on one of the major UX improvements this project is about (#9059) and on minor UX improvement that is not formally part of this project, but would be nice to have (#6038).

C. Deliver new features

We're not there yet.