This release fixes many security vulnerabilities. You should upgrade as soon as possible.

Changes and updates

  • Update Tor Browser to 9.5.

  • Update Thunderbird to 68.8.0.

Fixed problems

  • Make the installation of Additional Software more robust. (#17278)

  • Clarify the error message when entering an incorrect password to unlock a VeraCrypt volume: Wrong passphrase or parameters instead of Error unlocking volume. (#17668)

  • Clean up confusing comments in /etc/tor/torrc. (#17706)

For more details, read our changelog.

Known issues

None specific to this release.

See the list of long-standing issues.

Get Tails 4.7

To upgrade your Tails USB stick and keep your persistent storage

  • Automatic upgrades are available from Tails 4.2 or later to 4.7.

  • 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:

All the data on this USB stick will be lost.

To download only

If you don't need installation or upgrade instructions, you can download Tails 4.7 directly:

What's coming up?

Tails 4.8 is scheduled for June 30.

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!

Posted 2020-06-02 Tags:

Releases

The following changes were introduced in Tails 4.5:

Documentation and website

Installation instructions

Terminology

Known issues

User experience

  • Andrés Fernández Cordón finished the illustrations for the new ?Home and ?About pages.

    sajolida finished writing and testing the written content and most of the responsive web design.

  • Changed our sidebar to a top bar. (#15112)

    It has a better contrast for accessibility, prevents right-rail blindess, and is more visible on mobile.

Funding

Translations

All the website

  • fr: 85% (5541) strings translated, 7% strings fuzzy
  • es: 49% (3172) strings translated, 7% strings fuzzy
  • de: 32% (2087) strings translated, 13% strings fuzzy
  • it: 29% (1878) strings translated, 9% strings fuzzy
  • fa: 23% (1551) strings translated, 13% strings fuzzy
  • pt: 22% (1479) strings translated, 9% strings fuzzy

Core pages of the website

  • fr: 85% (1577) strings translated, 10% strings fuzzy
  • es: 83% (1538) strings translated, 10% strings fuzzy
  • it: 55% (1023) strings translated, 21% strings fuzzy
  • de: 55% (1012) strings translated, 22% strings fuzzy
  • pt: 41% (772) strings translated, 17% strings fuzzy
  • fa: 28% (524) strings translated, 19% strings fuzzy

Core pages of the website for languages not activated on the website yet

  • zh_TW: 28% (427) strings translated, 12% strings fuzzy
  • zh: 14% (225) strings translated, 6% strings fuzzy
  • ru: 10% (160) strings translated, 5% strings fuzzy
  • pl: 8% (133) strings translated, 4% strings fuzzy
  • tr: 8% (133) strings translated, 4% strings fuzzy
  • ar: 7% (119) strings translated, 5% strings fuzzy
  • ca: 7% (115) strings translated, 5% strings fuzzy
  • id: 5% (91) strings translated, 2% strings fuzzy
  • sr_Latn: 4% (62) strings translated, 1% strings fuzzy

Metrics

  • Tails has been started more than 936 560 times this month. This makes 31 219 boots a day on average.

    That's 8.7% more than in March and the biggest increase in usage since 2015. It's most likely due to the COVID-19 quarantine and people staying at home but it might also be a good sign from the support of Secure Boot and an easier adoption by new users.

How do we know this?

Posted 2020-05-12

This release fixes many security vulnerabilities. You should upgrade as soon as possible.

Changes and updates

  • Update Tor Browser to 9.0.10.

  • Add support for Universal 2nd Factor USB security keys.

  • Update the list of applications in the Favorites applications submenu.

    To make it easier for new users to discover some of the core features of Tails, we added Configure persistent volume, Tails documentation, WhisperBack Error Reporting, and Tails Installer and removed Terminal.

  • Change the input method for Japanese from Anthy to Mozc. (#16719)

    Keyboard menu ▸ Japanese (Mozc) ▸ Katakana

Known issues

None specific to this release.

See the list of long-standing issues.

Get Tails 4.6

To upgrade your Tails USB stick and keep your persistent storage

  • Automatic upgrades are available from Tails 4.2 or later to 4.6.

  • 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:

All the data on this USB stick will be lost.

To download only

If you don't need installation or upgrade instructions, you can download Tails 4.6 directly:

What's coming up?

Tails 4.7 is scheduled for June 2.

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!

Posted 2020-05-05 Tags:

Releases

The following changes were introduced in Tails 4.4:

  • Tentatively fix Wi-Fi interfaces with Realtek RTL8822BE and RTL8822CE chipsets. (#17323)

The following changes were introduced in Tails 4.5~rc1:

  • Secure Boot

    Tails 4.5~rc1 should start on computers in UEFI mode and with Secure Boot enabled.

Code

  • Secure Boot support was merged (#6560).

  • Our test suite does not require Sikuli anymore (#15460), which allows running it on recent Debian systems.

  • We prepared for upgrading po4a (#17005), which on the long term will lower translators' workfload.

Documentation and website

User experience

  • Did a lot of progress on the design of the new Home and About pages:

    • Finalized the texts of both pages.

    • Finalized draft illustrations for both pages.

    • Did 2 rounds of usability tests: 1 on paper and 1 on screen.

    • Designed a replacement of our current sidebar to be on top.

    • Started coding responsive HTML and CSS using CSS Flexbox

    • Translated both pages in Portuguese, Spanish, French, and German.

    You can see our ongoing work on:

  • Agreed on a new set of favorites application for our Applications menu. (#16990)

  • Discussed the security and UX implications of persisting all settings from the Welcome Screen. (#17136#note-24)

Hot topics on our help desk

  1. Seahorse fails to import PGP public key

  2. Lots of issues with various Nvidia graphics cards, we need to chase down for details.

  3. A bit of pointing to documentation

  4. Secure Boot — we heard this will soon be solved.

Infrastructure

  • We kept preparing our upcoming migration to GitLab.

Funding

  • Analyzed the results of our last donation campaign.

    We raised 81 842 € (+10%) from 2006 donations (-10%).

  • Sent a full proposal to DRL for our joint proposal with Tor and the Guardian Project.

  • Submitted a proposal to the Prototype Fund to fund usability improvements.

  • Signed a contract with The ISC Project for our work on the new Home and About pages and printed outreach material.

  • Sent a thank you email to people who donated during the last donation campaign (1283 emails).

  • Added Domains4Bitcoins to our list of partners.

On-going discussions

Translations

All the website

  • de: 35% (2283) strings translated, 10% strings fuzzy
  • es: 55% (3557) strings translated, 2% strings fuzzy
  • fa: 26% (1715) strings translated, 10% strings fuzzy
  • fr: 93% (5989) strings translated, 0% strings fuzzy
  • it: 32% (2056) strings translated, 7% strings fuzzy
  • pt: 24% (1552) strings translated, 8% strings fuzzy

Core pages of the website

  • de: 64% (1167) strings translated, 16% strings fuzzy
  • es: 95% (1747) strings translated, 1% strings fuzzy
  • fa: 34% (620) strings translated, 14% strings fuzzy
  • fr: 98% (1792) strings translated, 0% strings fuzzy
  • it: 64% (1173) strings translated, 16% strings fuzzy
  • pt: 45% (823) strings translated, 14% strings fuzzy

Core pages of the website for languages not activated on the website yet

  • ar: 6% (120) strings translated, 2% strings fuzzy
  • ca: 6% (116) strings translated, 2% strings fuzzy
  • id: 3% (62) strings translated, 0% strings fuzzy
  • pl: 6% (124) strings translated, 2% strings fuzzy
  • ru: 8% (151) strings translated, 3% strings fuzzy
  • sr_Latn: 2% (41) strings translated, 0% strings fuzzy
  • tr: 6% (119) strings translated, 2% strings fuzzy
  • zh: 14% (271) strings translated, 4% strings fuzzy
  • zh_TW: 33% (609) strings translated, 6% strings fuzzy

Metrics

  • Tails has been started more than 890 226 times this month. This makes 28 717 boots a day on average.

How do we know this?

Posted 2020-04-12

This release fixes many security vulnerabilities. You should upgrade as soon as possible.

New features

Secure Boot

Tails now starts on computers with Secure Boot enabled.

If your Mac displays the following error:

Security settings do not allow this Mac to use an external startup disk.

Then you have to change the settings of the Startup Security Utility of your Mac to authorize starting from Tails.

Changes and updates

  • Update Tor Browser to 9.0.9.

    This update fixes several vulnerabilities in Firefox, including some critical ones.

    Mozilla is aware of targeted attacks in the wild abusing these vulnerabilities.

Known issues

None specific to this release.

See the list of long-standing issues.

Get Tails 4.5

To upgrade your Tails USB stick and keep your persistent storage

  • Automatic upgrades are available from Tails 4.2 or later to 4.5.

  • 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:

All the data on this USB stick will be lost.

To download only

If you don't need installation or upgrade instructions, you can download Tails 4.5 directly:

What's coming up?

Tails 4.6 is scheduled for May 5.

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!

Posted 2020-04-07 Tags:

Tails 4.5, scheduled for April 7, will be the first version of Tails to support Secure Boot.

You can help Tails by testing the release candidate for Tails 4.5 now.

Secure Boot

Tails 4.5~rc1 should start on computers in UEFI mode and with Secure Boot enabled.

Known issues

If your Mac displays the following error:

Security settings do not allow this Mac to use an external startup disk.

Then you have to change the change the settings of the Startup Security Utility of your Mac to authorize starting from Tails.

Read our instructions on how to authorize starting from Tails on your Mac.

To open Startup Security Utility:

  1. Turn on your Mac, then press and hold Command(⌘)+R immediately after you see the Apple logo. Your Mac starts up from macOS Recovery.

  2. When you see the macOS Utilities window, choose Utilities ▸ Startup Security Utility from the menu bar.

  3. When you are asked to authenticate, click Enter macOS Password, then choose an administrator account and enter its password.

Startup Security Utility

In the Startup Security Utility:

  • Choose No Security in the Secure Boot section.

  • Choose Allow booting from external media in the External Boot.

To still protect your Mac from starting on untrusted external media, you can set a firmware password, available on macOS Mountain Lion or later. A firmware password prevents users who do not have the password from starting up from any media other than the designated startup disk.

If you forget your firmware password it will require an in-person service appointment with an Apple Store or Apple Authorized Service Provider.

Read more on Apple Support about:

See the list of long-standing issues.

How to test Tails 4.5~rc1?

Keep in mind that this is a test image. We tested that it is not broken in obvious ways, but it might still contain undiscovered issues.

Please, report any new problem to tails-testers@boum.org (public mailing list).

Get Tails 4.5~rc1

To upgrade your Tails USB stick and keep your persistent storage

  • Automatic upgrades are available from 4.2 or later to 4.5~rc1.

    To do an automatic upgrade to Tails 4.5~rc1:

    1. Start Tails 4.2 or later and ?set an administration password.

    2. Run this command in a Terminal:

      echo TAILS_CHANNEL=\"alpha\" | sudo tee -a /etc/os-release && \
           tails-upgrade-frontend-wrapper
      

      Enter the administration password when asked for the "password for amnesia".

    3. After the upgrade is applied, restart Tails and choose Applications ▸ Tails ▸ About Tails to verify that you are running Tails 4.5~rc1.

  • 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 download 4.5~rc1

Direct download

BitTorrent download

To install Tails on a new USB stick

Follow our installation instructions:

All the data on this USB stick will be lost.

What's coming up?

Tails 4.5 is scheduled for April 7.

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!

Posted 2020-03-27 Tags:

This release is an emergency release to fix security vulnerabilities in Tor Browser and Tor.

You should upgrade as soon as possible.

Included software

Known issues

None specific to this release.

See the list of long-standing issues.

Get Tails 4.4.1

To upgrade your Tails USB stick and keep your persistent storage

  • Automatic upgrades are available from 4.2, 4.2.2, 4.3, and 4.4 to 4.4.1.

  • 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:

All the data on this USB stick will be lost.

To download only

If you don't need installation or upgrade instructions, you can download Tails 4.4.1 directly:

What's coming up?

Tails 4.5 is scheduled for April 7.

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!

Posted 2020-03-23 Tags:

Tor is aware of a technical issue that allows JavaScript execution in the Safest security level of Tor Browser in some situations.

Until then, do the following to completely disable JavaScript instead of setting the security level:

  1. Open the address about:config in Tor Browser.

  2. Click the I accept the risk! button.

  3. At the top of the page, search for javascript.enabled.

  4. Double-click on the javascript.enabled line in the results to set its value to false.

This issue will be fixed in the next release of Tails.

Posted 2020-03-19

This release fixes many security vulnerabilities. You should upgrade as soon as possible.

Changes and upgrades

  • Update Tor Browser to 9.0.6.

  • Update Thunderbird to 68.5.0.

  • Update Linux to 5.4.19. This should improve the support for newer hardware (graphics, Wi-Fi, etc.).

Fixed problems

  • Tentatively fix Wi-Fi interfaces with Realtek RTL8822BE and RTL8822CE chipsets. (#17323)

    If you had a problem with Wi-Fi starting from Tails 4.1, please let us know whether your problem was fixed or not.

For more details, read our changelog.

Known issues

JavaScript sometimes enabled in the Safest security level of Tor Browser

Tor is aware of a technical issue that allows JavaScript execution in the Safest security level of Tor Browser in some situations.

Until then, do the following to completely disable JavaScript instead of setting the security level:

  1. Open the address about:config in Tor Browser.

  2. Click the I accept the risk! button.

  3. At the top of the page, search for javascript.enabled.

  4. Double-click on the javascript.enabled line in the results to set its value to false.

See the list of long-standing issues.

Get Tails 4.4

To upgrade your Tails USB stick and keep your persistent storage

  • Automatic upgrades are available from 4.2, 4.2.2, and 4.3 to 4.4.

  • 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:

All the data on this USB stick will be lost.

To download only

If you don't need installation or upgrade instructions, you can directly download Tails 4.4:

What's coming up?

Tails 4.5 is scheduled for April 7.

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!

Posted 2020-03-12 Tags:

Releases

The following changes were introduced in Tails 4.3:

  • We included the trezor package, which provides a command line tool to use a Trezor hardware wallet for cryptocurrencies.

  • Fix the progress bar and prevent closing the window while an upgrade is being applied. (#16603)

Code

  • We made great progress on Secure boot support (#6560) and are now quite confident we can ship this in Tails 4.5 (April 7).

    Thanks to everyone who answered our call for testing!

  • In order to make the development process a bit smoother, we improved the performance of our builds (#17439, #17386).

  • We kept working on replacing Sikuli in our test suite (#15460), which will allow running it on recent Debian systems. We're almost there! :)

Hot topics on our help desk

  1. Users are still complaining about Seahorse failing to import public keys

  2. Several users reported that Stefano Zacchiroli's public key being expired since 2020-02-07 broke our documentation about using the command line and GnuPG to install Tails

  3. And people are still reporting GDM errors with Intel HD 630 (while their issue is usually with their NVidia Maxwell discreet GPU)

Infrastructure

  • We've been working towards making our CI feedback loop shorter (#16960, #17439).

  • We organized the sysadmin work we will need to do as part of migrating to GitLab.

Funding

  • We worked on the full proposal for the joint grant proposal with Tor and the Guardian Project to the DRL Internet Freedom program.

  • We started working on a grant proposal to the Prototype Fund.

Jobs

On-going discussions

Press and testimonials

Translations

All the website

  • de: 34% (2176) strings translated, 10% strings fuzzy
  • es: 53% (3373) strings translated, 2% strings fuzzy
  • fa: 27% (1714) strings translated, 10% strings fuzzy
  • fr: 90% (5671) strings translated, 0% strings fuzzy
  • it: 30% (1948) strings translated, 7% strings fuzzy
  • pt: 22% (1432) strings translated, 8% strings fuzzy

Core pages of the website

  • de: 65% (1168) strings translated, 15% strings fuzzy
  • es: 94% (1691) strings translated, 1% strings fuzzy
  • fa: 34% (615) strings translated, 14% strings fuzzy
  • fr: 98% (1755) strings translated, 0% strings fuzzy
  • it: 64% (1147) strings translated, 15% strings fuzzy
  • pt: 45% (820) strings translated, 14% strings fuzzy

Metrics

  • Tails has been started more than 808 936 times this month. This makes 27 894 boots a day on average.

How do we know this?

Posted 2020-03-11