We worked very hard last week to get ready to release the work on the connection to Tor that we have been showing you in 4.19~beta1 and 4.19~rc1. We made a lot of progress but didn't feel confident enough to release it today.

So, we are releasing 4.19 as a regular upgrade and will release this work in 4.20. We will publish an updated rc2 in the coming days with even more improvements on the connection to Tor.

Changes and updates

  • Stop pinning the TLS certificate of our website when doing automatic upgrades.

    We broke automatic upgrades twice recently; once in December in 4.14 and again during a few days on May 15. These 2 times, it was the consequence of a security feature: the pinning of the TLS certificate of our website when doing automatic upgrades.

    We removed this feature because the recent problems proved us that this feature was not worth it if it makes us break automatic upgrades that often. (#18324)

    Our upgrades are still as strongly authenticated as they are signed using OpenPGP by our team.

  • Add visual feedback when typing an administration password with sudo in a terminal:

    amnesia@amnesia:~$ sudo -i
    [sudo] password for amnesia: ******** 
    
  • Update Tor Browser to 10.0.17.

  • Update Thunderbird to 78.10.0.

For more details, read our changelog.

Known issues

None specific to this release.

See the list of long-standing issues.

Get Tails 4.19

To upgrade your Tails USB stick and keep your persistent storage

  • Automatic upgrades are broken from Tails 4.14 and earlier. See the known issue above.

  • Automatic upgrades are available from Tails 4.14 or later to 4.19.

  • If you cannot do an automatic upgrade or if Tails fails to start after an automatic upgrade, please try to do a manual upgrade.

To install Tails on a new USB stick

Follow our installation instructions:

The Persistent Storage on the USB stick will be lost if you install instead of upgrading.

To download only

If you don't need installation or upgrade instructions, you can download Tails 4.19 directly:

What's coming up?

Tails 4.20 is scheduled for July 13.

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

Posted 2021-06-01 Tags: