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

Changes

Upgrades and changes

  • Update Linux to 4.19.37 and most firmware packages. This should improve the support for newer hardware (graphics, Wi-Fi, etc.).

  • Enable all available mitigations for the MDS (Microarchitectural Data Sampling) attacks and disable SMT (simultaneous multithreading) on all vulnerable processors to fix the RIDL, Fallout and ZombieLoad security vulnerabilities.

  • Update Tor Browser to 8.5.

  • Remove the following applications:

    • Desktop applications

      • Gobby
      • Pitivi
      • Traverso
    • Command-line tools

      • hopenpgp-tools
      • keyringer
      • monkeysign
      • monkeysphere
      • msva-perl
      • paperkey
      • pwgen
      • ssss
      • pdf-redact-tools

    You can install these applications again using the Additional Software feature.

    Thanks to the removal of these less popular applications 3.14 and the removal of some language packs in 3.13.2, Tails 3.14 is 39 MB smaller than 3.13.

Fixed problems

  • Add back the OpenPGP Applet and Pidgin notification icons to the top navigation bar.

  • Fix NoScript being deactivated when restarting Tor Browser.

For more details, read our changelog.

Known issues

Tails fails to start a second time on some computers (#16389)

On some computers, after installing Tails to a USB stick, Tails starts a first time but fails to start a second time. In some cases, only BIOS (Legacy) was affected and the USB stick was not listed in the Boot Menu.

We are still investigating the issue, so if it happens to you, please report your findings by email to tails-testers@boum.org. Mention the model of the computer and the USB stick. This mailing list is archived publicly.

To fix this issue:

  1. Reinstall your USB stick using the same installation method.

  2. Start Tails for the first time and set up an administration password.

  3. Choose Applications ▸ System Tools ▸ Root Terminal to open a Root Terminal.

  4. Execute the following command:

    sgdisk --recompute-chs /dev/bilibop

You can also test an experimental image:

  1. Download the .img file from our development server.

  2. Install it using the same installation methods.

    We don't provide any OpenPGP signature or other verification technique for this test image. Please only use it for testing.

See the list of long-standing issues.

Get Tails 3.14

To upgrade your Tails USB stick and keep your persistent storage

  • Automatic upgrades are available from 3.12, 3.12.1, 3.13, 3.13.1, and 3.13.2 to 3.14.

  • 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 3.14:

What's coming up?

Tails 3.15 is scheduled for July 9.

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 2019-05-21 Tags:

Releases

Code

  • The Foundations Team met for a sprint focused on porting Tails to Debian 10 (Buster): report, next steps.
  • We finalized our criteria for including dictionaries, fonts and language packs, which will be reflected in Tails 3.14.
  • We prototyped a USB image with Secure Boot support and GRUB, in order to better understand what implementation difficulties we should expect.
  • We submitted to ikiwiki upstream a branch that makes it keep PO files up-to-date for a set of languages that are not ready to be enabled and visible on the live website yet. This will allow us to merge into our main Git repository changes made via our upcoming Weblate-based translation platform, which supports languages whose work-in-progress translation is not ready for prime-time yet.
  • We uploaded to Debian a few fixes for regressions in the GNOME on-screen keyboard.

Hot topics on our help desk

  1. Some users reported loosing the access to their persistent volume (#10976)
  2. A few reported the "USB stick becomes unbootable boot after first boot" issue
    (#16389)
  3. Some issues caused by partially applied incremental upgrades (#14754)

Infrastructure

  • The Foundations Team started experimenting with GitLab for merge requests.
  • We started looking into how GitLab could work for our issues tracking and drafted a rough plan.

Funding

Outreach

Past events

Upcoming events

  • Jesús Marín García will present 2 workshops about Tails in May in the Comunidad Valenciana, Spain:

    • On May 4 at Hack and Beers in Castellón de la Plana
    • On May 11 at VLCTechFest in Valencia

On-going discussions

  • We studied and narrowed down our options regarding the future of Electrum in Tails. It seems there will be a way forward, although it's unclear at this point how much effort it will require from us.

Translations

All the website

  • de: 46% (2619) strings translated, 8% strings fuzzy, 43% words translated
  • es: 53% (3010) strings translated, 4% strings fuzzy, 44% words translated
  • fa: 33% (1875) strings translated, 10% strings fuzzy, 34% words translated
  • fr: 93% (5259) strings translated, 1% strings fuzzy, 93% words translated
  • it: 34% (1939) strings translated, 6% strings fuzzy, 30% words translated
  • pt: 27% (1513) strings translated, 8% strings fuzzy, 22% words translated

Total original words: 60175

Core pages of the website

  • de: 70% (1248) strings translated, 12% strings fuzzy, 73% words translated
  • es: 80% (1412) strings translated, 10% strings fuzzy, 81% words translated
  • fa: 34% (615) strings translated, 13% strings fuzzy, 33% words translated
  • fr: 98% (1753) strings translated, 1% strings fuzzy, 99% words translated
  • it: 62% (1107) strings translated, 17% strings fuzzy, 65% words translated
  • pt: 44% (794) strings translated, 14% strings fuzzy, 48% words translated

Total original words: 1650

Metrics

  • Tails has been started more than 733 234 times this month. This makes 24 441 boots a day on average.
  • 7 336 downloads of the OpenPGP signature of a Tails USB image or ISO from our website.

How do we know this?

Posted 2019-05-13

This release is an emergency release to fix a critical security vulnerability in Tor Browser.

It also fixes other security vulnerabilities. You should upgrade as soon as possible.

Changes

Fixed NoScript activation in Tor Browser

Starting from Friday May 3, a problem in Firefox and Tor Browser disabled all add-ons. This release reactivates all add-ons in Tor Browser, especially NoScript which is used to:

  • Strengthen Tor Browser against some JavaScript attacks that can lead to compromised accounts and credentials on websites.

  • Enable or disable JavaScript on some websites using the NoScript interface, if you use it.

This issue still affects Tor Browser when it is restarted.

Avoid restarting Tor Browser.

Restart Tails instead or follow our instructions to reactivate NoScript without restarting Tails. See below.

Reactivate NoScript without restarting Tails

If NoScript is activated, the NoScript icon appears in the top-right corner and Tor Browser is safe:

If NoScript is deactivated, the NoScript icon is absent from the top-right corner and Tor Browser is unsafe:

To reactivate NoScript without restarting Tails, do the following:

  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 xpinstall.signatures.required.

  4. Double-click on the xpinstall.signatures.required line in the results to set its value to false.

  5. Verify that NoScript is activated again.

Other upgrades and changes

  • Remove the OpenPGP Applet and Pidgin notification icons from the top navigation bar.

    You can still access the OpenPGP Applet and Pidgin notification icons from the system tray in the bottom-left corner of the screen.

    To display the system tray, move your mouse to the thin gray line in the bottom-left of the screen, above the window list:

    To move these icons back to the top navigation bar, execute the following command in a Terminal:

    gnome-shell-extension-tool --enable-extension=TopIcons@phocean.net

    Until now, these icons were displayed in the top navigation bar by the TopIcons GNOME extension. This extension is unmaintained, causes GNOME to crash (#11188), and will not work in Tails 5.0 based on Debian 11 (Bullseye).

  • Install localization packages only for the following languages:

    • Arabic
    • English
    • Farsi
    • French
    • German
    • Hindi
    • Indonesian
    • Italian
    • Portuguese
    • Russian
    • Simplified Chinese
    • Spanish
    • Turkish

    You can install localization packages for other languages using the Additional Software feature.

    Localization packages include:

    • Thunderbird localization: packages thunderbird-l10n-lang
    • LibreOffice localization: packages libreoffice-l10n-lang
    • Spell-checking dictionaries: packages hunspell-lang

    Where lang is the code for your language. For example, es for Spanish.

  • Add a suspend button to the system menu.

  • Add suspend, restart, and shutdown buttons to the system menu when the screen is locked.

  • Replace all non-Latin fonts with the Noto fonts family.

  • Update Debian to 9.9.

  • Update Thunderbird to 60.6.1.

Fixed problems

  • Fix the automatic configuration of new email accounts in Thunderbird. (#16573)

  • Prevent Tails from shutting down when waking up from suspend on some computers. (#11729)

  • Fix the import of the Tails signing key in the Passwords and Keys utility. (##15213)

  • Don't show notifications about TailsData when configuring a persistent volume. (#16632)

For more details, read our changelog.

Known issues

NoScript is deactivated when restarting Tor Browser

See how to reactivate NoScript without restarting Tails above.

Tails fails to start a second time on some computers (#16389)

On some computers, after installing Tails to a USB stick, Tails starts a first time but fails to start a second time. In some cases, only BIOS (Legacy) was affected and the USB stick was not listed in the Boot Menu.

We are still investigating the issue, so if it happens to you, please report your findings by email to tails-testers@boum.org. Mention the model of the computer and the USB stick. This mailing list is archived publicly.

To fix this issue:

  1. Reinstall your USB stick using the same installation method.

  2. Start Tails for the first time and set up an administration password.

  3. Choose Applications ▸ System Tools ▸ Root Terminal to open a Root Terminal.

  4. Execute the following command:

    sgdisk --recompute-chs /dev/bilibop

You can also test an experimental image:

  1. Download the .img file from our development server.

  2. Install it using the same installation methods.

    We don't provide any OpenPGP signature or other verification technique for this test image. Please only use it for testing.

See the list of long-standing issues.

Get Tails 3.13.2

To upgrade your Tails USB stick and keep your persistent storage

  • Automatic upgrades are available from 3.12, 3.12.1, 3.13, and 3.13.1 to 3.13.2.

  • 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 3.13.2:

What's coming up?

Tails 3.14 is scheduled for May 14.

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 2019-05-06 Tags:

Releases

The following changes were introduced in Tails 3.13:

  • Add support for the Bopomofo input method for Chinese using the Chewing library and improve support for the Pinyin input method. (#11292)

  • Save a backup of the configuration of the persistent storage every time it is modified. (#16461)

    This will help us understand and solve why sometimes all the settings of the persistent storage disappear. (#10976)

  • Prevent Additional Software from downloading packages that are already saved in the persistent storage. (#15957)

  • Fix the localization of Tor Launcher, the application to configure a Tor bridge or a local proxy. (#16338)

  • Fix accessibility when opening Tor Browser from a desktop notification. (#16475)

  • Fix WhisperBack crashing when additional APT repositories is configured. (#16563)

Code

  • We agreed on a list of languages that we want to support out-of-the-box in Tails and started implementing it. The Additional Software feature will make it possible for other users to add their favorite dictionaries and language packs while making our USB image a bit smaller for everybody. (#15807, #16095, #9956)

  • We identified another possible cause for partially applied automatic upgrades. (#16603)

  • We coordinated with the Tor Browser team regarding their upcoming 8.5 major release and its implications for Tails.

  • We continued deprecating Tails Installer from Debian and Ubuntu.

Documentation and website

  • We improved how installation and upgrade instructions are linked from our release notes and download pages. (#16470)

  • We documented how to run Tails from a USB image in virt-manager, which is the only virtualization solution that allows to use a persistent volume in a virtual machine.

User experience

  • We drafted how to explain Tails in a new homepage and about page and tested it with 5 people with the help from Simply Secure. (#16536)

  • We analyzed the success metrics of Additional Software and the integration of VeraCrypt:

    • Both features probably participated in getting our boot stats to increase again (20% more since September 2019).
    • Both features didn't change much the tech-savviness of our user base.
    • The number of people who use VeraCrypt in Tails almost doubled.

    Results are good but we expected more. We need to improve how we let the world know about new features.

  • We analyzed the success metrics for USB images:

    • The percentage of people using Tails from macOS at least doubled since 3.12.
    • USB images account for 76% of our downloads and our download buttons are hit 3970 times a day on average.
  • We created a new version of our logo that can be used with or without tagline. (#14835)

  • We documented Kazam instead of recordMyDesktop to record screencasts when doing usability testing because it is more reliable.

Hot topics on our help desk

  1. Partially applied incremental upgrades cause all kinds of trouble (#14754)

  2. persistence.conf lost, recoverable by reconfiguring (#10976)

Infrastructure

  • We started making plans to migrate to GitLab.

  • We interviewed 2 candidates for our open sysadmin position.

  • We made good progress on switching to better maintained Puppet modules. (#15510)

  • We worked on the software configuration of the prototype node for our next-generation CI hardware. (#15501)

  • We fixed our LimeSurvey security updates monitoring system. (#15466)

  • We stopped having public monthly meetings in favor of internal stand-up meetings.

Funding

Outreach

Past events

On-going discussions

Translations

All the website

  • de: 45% (2832) strings translated, 7% strings fuzzy, 41% words translated
  • es: 50% (3138) strings translated, 4% strings fuzzy, 42% words translated
  • fa: 32% (1982) strings translated, 10% strings fuzzy, 33% words translated
  • fr: 88% (5478) strings translated, 1% strings fuzzy, 87% words translated
  • it: 31% (1970) strings translated, 5% strings fuzzy, 28% words translated
  • pt: 25% (1553) strings translated, 7% strings fuzzy, 21% words translated

Total original words: 65408

Core pages of the website

  • de: 71% (1252) strings translated, 12% strings fuzzy, 74% words translated
  • es: 80% (1417) strings translated, 9% strings fuzzy, 82% words translated
  • fa: 34% (615) strings translated, 13% strings fuzzy, 33% words translated
  • fr: 96% (1712) strings translated, 1% strings fuzzy, 97% words translated
  • it: 63% (1112) strings translated, 17% strings fuzzy, 65% words translated
  • pt: 45% (798) strings translated, 13% strings fuzzy, 48% words translated

Total original words: 16439

Metrics

  • Tails has been started more than 809 770 times in March. This makes 26 121 boots a day on average.
  • 9 970 downloads of the OpenPGP signature of a Tails USB image or ISO from our website.
  • 73 bug reports were received through WhisperBack.

How do we know this?

Posted 2019-04-26

This release is an emergency release to fix a critical security vulnerability in Tor Browser.

It also fixes other security vulnerabilities. You should upgrade as soon as possible.

Mudanças

Novos recursos

Atualizações e mudanças

  • Update Tor Browser to 8.0.8.

Para mais detalhes, leia nosso changelog.

Problemas conhecidos

Electrum is outdated and cannot connect to servers

Electrum in Tails cannot connect anymore to Electrum servers.

The version of Electrum in Tails is vulnerable to a phishing attack that tricks people in updating to a malicious version of Electrum which is not distributed from the official Electrum website.

You are safe unless you try to do the malicious update manually.

To prevent this phishing attack, all trustworthy Electrum servers now prevent older versions from connecting to them.

Unfortunately, newer versions of Electrum are not available in Debian and cannot be integrated easily in Tails. Given the lack of maintenance of Electrum in Debian, we are still assessing what is best to do in Tails.

Until then, your wallet is not lost and you can restore it from its seed using an up-to-date version of Electrum outside of Tails.

Tails fails to start a second time on some computers (#16389)

On some computers, after installing Tails to a USB stick, Tails starts a first time but fails to start a second time. In some cases, only BIOS (Legacy) was affected and the USB stick was not listed in the Boot Menu.

We are still investigating the issue, so if it happens to you, please report your findings by email to tails-testers@boum.org. Mention the model of the computer and the USB stick. This mailing list is archived publicly.

To fix this issue:

  1. Reinstall your USB stick using the same installation method.

  2. Start Tails for the first time and set up an administration password.

  3. Choose Applications ▸ System Tools ▸ Root Terminal to open a Root Terminal.

  4. Execute the following command:

    sgdisk --recompute-chs /dev/bilibop

You can also test an experimental image:

  1. Download the .img file from our development server.

  2. Install it using the same installation methods.

    We don't provide any OpenPGP signature or other verification technique for this test image. Please only use it for testing.

Veja a lista de problemas de longa data.

Get Tails 3.13.1

To upgrade your Tails USB stick and keep your persistent storage

  • Automatic upgrades are available from 3.12, 3.12.1, and 3.13 to 3.13.1.

  • 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 directly download Tails 3.13.1:

O que vem por aí?

Tails 3.14 is scheduled for May 14.

Confira o nosso roadmap e veja nossos objetivos futuros.

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

Posted 2019-03-23 Tags:

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

Mudanças

Atualizações e mudanças

  • Add support for the Bopomofo input method for Chinese using the Chewing library and improve support for the Pinyin input method. (#11292)

    If you still have problems typing in Bopomofo or Pinyin, please let us know on tails-testers@boum.org (public mailing list) or tails-bugs@boum.org (private email).

  • Save a backup of the configuration of the persistent storage every time it is modified. (#16461)

    This will help us understand and solve why sometimes all the settings of the persistent storage disappear. (#10976)

  • Update Tor Browser to 8.0.7.

  • Update Tor to 0.3.5.8.

  • Update Thunderbird to 65.1.0.

  • Update Linux to 4.19.28.

  • Update the Intel microcode to 3.20180807a.2, which fixes more variants of the Spectre, Meltdown, and Level 1 Terminal Fault (L1TF) vulnerabilities.

Problemas resolvidos

  • Prevent Additional Software from downloading packages that are already saved in the persistent storage. (#15957)

  • Fix the localization of Tor Launcher, the application to configure a Tor bridge or a local proxy. (#16338)

  • Fix accessibility when opening Tor Browser from a desktop notification. (#16475)

  • Fix WhisperBack crashing when additional APT repositories is configured. (#16563)

Para mais detalhes, leia nosso changelog.

Problemas conhecidos

Electrum is outdated and cannot connect to servers

Electrum in Tails cannot connect anymore to Electrum servers.

The version of Electrum in Tails is vulnerable to a phishing attack that tricks people in updating to a malicious version of Electrum which is not distributed from the official Electrum website.

You are safe unless you try to do the malicious update manually.

To prevent this phishing attack, all trustworthy Electrum servers now prevent older versions from connecting to them.

Unfortunately, newer versions of Electrum are not available in Debian and cannot be integrated easily in Tails. Given the lack of maintenance of Electrum in Debian, we are still assessing what is best to do in Tails.

Until then, your wallet is not lost and you can restore it from its seed using an up-to-date version of Electrum outside of Tails.

Tails fails to start a second time on some computers (#16389)

On some computers, after installing Tails to a USB stick, Tails starts a first time but fails to start a second time. In some cases, only BIOS (Legacy) was affected and the USB stick was not listed in the Boot Menu.

We are still investigating the issue, so if it happens to you, please report your findings by email to tails-testers@boum.org. Mention the model of the computer and the USB stick. This mailing list is archived publicly.

To fix this issue:

  1. Reinstall your USB stick using the same installation method.

  2. Start Tails for the first time and set up an administration password.

  3. Choose Applications ▸ System Tools ▸ Root Terminal to open a Root Terminal.

  4. Execute the following command:

    sgdisk --recompute-chs /dev/bilibop

You can also test an experimental image:

  1. Download the .img file from our development server.

  2. Install it using the same installation methods.

    We don't provide any OpenPGP signature or other verification technique for this test image. Please only use it for testing.

Veja a lista de problemas de longa data.

Get Tails 3.13

To upgrade your Tails USB stick and keep your persistent storage

  • Automatic upgrades are available from 3.11, 3.12~rc1, 3.12, and 3.12.1 to 3.13.

  • 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 3.13:

O que vem por aí?

Tails 3.14 is scheduled for May 14.

Confira o nosso roadmap e veja nossos objetivos futuros.

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

Posted 2019-03-19 Tags:

Here is a summary of what happened in Tails land in February, 2019.

This month has seen the highest number of Tails boots per day ever: 27% more than a year ago! This is motivating: it confirms that Tails is useful and relevant.

Releases

Code

  • We have coordinated with the Tor Browser team wrt. the scope and timeline of upcoming big changes that will impact our work.

  • We have implemented a potential fix and a mitigation measure for a longstanding bug: persistence.conf sometimes becomes empty. #10976, #16461

  • We have prepared a number of updates for Tails 3.13:

    • Debian Stretch 9.8 (#16462), merged
    • Linux 4.19.20 (#16458), merged
    • Tor 0.3.5 (#16348), in progress
  • We released new versions of the verification extension to fix usability and security issues:

    • Download page is not refreshed when verification extension is installed (##16078)
    • Verification extension should not be detectable as per Sjösten, and al. (#14787)
    • Updated to Forge 0.8.0.

Documentation and website

  • We improved the known issue about clock going backwards (#15599).

User experience

Hot topics on our help desk

  1. Electrum users are complaining about the fact that it may need to be upgraded. (#16421)

  2. Some people are affected by a regression with some Intel graphics cards (Braswell, Kaby Lake). #16447

  3. Partially applied automatic upgrades still cause trouble to some users. #14754

Infrastructure

  • We took one more step towards making our CI feedback loop shorter: we've ordered sample candidate hardware. Next step is to benchmark it. #15501
  • The sysadmin team met a few times to update our plans for next year.
  • We've helped upstream a solution to the dreaded ikiwiki PO vs. inlines bug. #6907
  • As part of our effort to migrate to better maintained Puppet modules, we've switched to the puppetlabs/mysql module. #15513
  • We fixed the remaining known regressions that were introduced where we migrated our website from Apache to nginx: #16220, #16259.
  • We started discussing our strategy and timeline towards migrating to GitLab. #15878

Funding

  • The 2 applications that we submitted to the NLnet NGI Zero PET project got rejected.

Outreach

Past events

  • emmapeel and sajolida attended FOSDEM in Brussels.

Upcoming events

Press and testimonials

Translations

All the website

  • de: 47% (2634) strings translated, 8% strings fuzzy, 43% words translated
  • es: 54% (3015) strings translated, 4% strings fuzzy, 45% words translated
  • fa: 34% (1876) strings translated, 11% strings fuzzy, 35% words translated
  • fr: 93% (5176) strings translated, 1% strings fuzzy, 93% words translated
  • it: 35% (1939) strings translated, 6% strings fuzzy, 30% words translated
  • pt: 27% (1516) strings translated, 8% strings fuzzy, 23% words translated

Total original words: 59517

Core pages of the website

  • de: 71% (1248) strings translated, 12% strings fuzzy, 73% words translated
  • es: 80% (1412) strings translated, 9% strings fuzzy, 81% words translated
  • fa: 34% (615) strings translated, 13% strings fuzzy, 33% words translated
  • fr: 98% (1745) strings translated, 1% strings fuzzy, 99% words translated
  • it: 63% (1107) strings translated, 17% strings fuzzy, 65% words translated
  • pt: 45% (794) strings translated, 14% strings fuzzy, 48% words translated

Total original words: 16467

Metrics

  • Tails has been started more than 725 034 times this month. This makes 25 894 boots a day on average, which is an all time record :)
  • 10 065 downloads of the OpenPGP signature of a Tails USB image or ISO from our website.
  • 71 bug reports were received through WhisperBack.

How do we know this?

Posted 2019-03-10

Releases

The following changes were introduced in Tails 3.12:

  • New installation methods
    • For macOS, the new method is much simpler as it uses a graphical tool (Etcher) instead of the command line.
    • For Windows, the new method is much faster as it doesn't require 2 USB sticks and an intermediary Tails anymore. The resulting USB stick also works better on newer computers with UEFI.
    • For Debian and Ubuntu, the new method uses a native application (GNOME Disks) and you don't have to install Tails Installer anymore.
    • For other Linux distributions, the new method is faster as it doesn't require 2 USB sticks and an intermediary Tails anymore.
  • Starting Tails should be a bit faster on most machines. (#15915)
  • Tell users to use sudo when they try to use su on the command line.
  • Fix the black screen when starting Tails with some Intel graphics cards. (#16224)

Code

  • A bunch of Foundations Team members had a sprint focused on porting Tails to Debian 10 (Buster). For details, see the full report.

Documentation and website

User experience

Hot topics on our help desk

The month started with this questions:

  1. Black screen after the boot menu with Intel GPU (i915)
  2. Partially applied incremental upgrades cause all kinds of trouble

But after the release of Tails 3.12, the hottest topics were:

  1. Regression on some Intel GPU (Braswell, Kaby Lake)
  2. Electrum Phishing Attack - Upstream Fix Committed

Infrastructure

  • Our infrastructure was targeted by a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack that caused a couple of temporary outages. We're discussing ways to protect ourselves in the future.

  • We kept polishing the automated test suite for Additional Software and hope it will be merged in time for the next Tails release.

  • We kept investigating options to make our CI faster, shorten the development feedback loop, and thus make our developers' work more efficient and pleasurable. We will soon be able to benchmark our currently preferred option.

  • We dealt with the fallout of the big infrastructure changes done in December. A few issues remain but things are starting to run more smoothly again :)

Funding

  • We close our end-of-year donation campaign. We don't have the final numbers yet.

  • We submitted 2 applications to the NLnet NGI Zero PET project.

Outreach

Press and testimonials

Translations

All the website

  • de: 46% (2832) strings translated, 7% strings fuzzy, 41% words translated
  • es: 51% (3137) strings translated, 4% strings fuzzy, 42% words translated
  • fa: 32% (1982) strings translated, 10% strings fuzzy, 33% words translated
  • fr: 88% (5418) strings translated, 1% strings fuzzy, 86% words translated
  • it: 32% (1969) strings translated, 5% strings fuzzy, 28% words translated
  • pt: 25% (1553) strings translated, 7% strings fuzzy, 21% words translated

Total original words: 65286

Core pages of the website

  • de: 71% (1252) strings translated, 12% strings fuzzy, 74% words translated
  • es: 80% (1417) strings translated, 9% strings fuzzy, 82% words translated
  • fa: 34% (615) strings translated, 13% strings fuzzy, 33% words translated
  • fr: 96% (1705) strings translated, 1% strings fuzzy, 96% words translated
  • it: 63% (1112) strings translated, 17% strings fuzzy, 65% words translated
  • pt: 45% (798) strings translated, 13% strings fuzzy, 48% words translated

Metrics

  • Tails has been started more than 749 304 times this month. This makes 24 171 boots a day on average.
  • 7 403 downloads of the OpenPGP signature of Tails ISO from our website.
  • 88 bug reports were received through WhisperBack.

How do we know this?

Posted 2019-02-14

This release is an emergency release to fix a critical security vulnerability in Firefox.

It also fixes other security vulnerabilities. You should upgrade as soon as possible.

Mudanças

Problemas conhecidos

Veja a lista de problemas de longa data.

Tails fails to start a second time on some computers (#16389)

On some computers, after installing Tails to a USB stick, Tails starts a first time but fails to start a second time. In some cases, only BIOS (Legacy) was affected and the USB stick was not listed in the Boot Menu.

We are still investigating the issue, so if it happens to you, please report your findings by email to tails-testers@boum.org. Mention the model of the computer and the USB stick. This mailing list is archived publicly.

To fix this issue:

  1. Reinstall your USB stick using the same installation method.

  2. Start Tails for the first time and set up an administration password.

  3. Choose Applications ▸ System Tools ▸ Root Terminal to open a Root Terminal.

  4. Execute the following command:

    sgdisk --recompute-chs /dev/bilibop

You can also test an experimental image:

  1. Download the .img file from our development server.

  2. Install it using the same installation methods.

    We don't provide any OpenPGP signature or other verification technique for this test image. Please only use it for testing.

Get Tails 3.12.1

O que vem por aí?

Tails 3.13 is scheduled for March 19.

Confira o nosso roadmap e veja nossos objetivos futuros.

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

Posted 2019-02-13 Tags:

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

Mudanças

Novos recursos

New installation methods

The biggest news for 3.12 is that we completely changed the installation methods for Tails.

In short, instead of downloading an ISO image (a format originally designed for CDs), you now download Tails as a USB image: an image of the data as it needs to be written to the USB stick.

  • For macOS, the new method is much simpler as it uses a graphical tool (Etcher) instead of the command line.

  • For Windows, the new method is much faster as it doesn't require 2 USB sticks and an intermediary Tails anymore. The resulting USB stick also works better on newer computers with UEFI.

  • For Debian and Ubuntu, the new method uses a native application (GNOME Disks) and you don't have to install Tails Installer anymore.

  • For other Linux distributions, the new method is faster as it doesn't require 2 USB sticks and an intermediary Tails anymore.

We are still providing ISO images for people using DVDs or virtual machines.

The methods for upgrading Tails remain the same.

Atualizações e mudanças

  • Starting Tails should be a bit faster on most machines. (#15915)

  • Tell users to use sudo when they try to use su on the command line.

Included software

  • Update Linux to 4.19. Update Intel and AMD microcodes and most firmware packages. This should improve the support for newer hardware (graphics, Wi-Fi, etc.).

  • Remove Liferea, as announced in Tails 3.9.

  • Update Tor Browser to 8.0.5.

  • Update Thunderbird to 60.4.0.

Problemas resolvidos

  • Fix the black screen when starting Tails with some Intel graphics cards. (#16224)

Para mais detalhes, leia nosso changelog.

Problemas conhecidos

See also the list of long-standing issues.

Tails fails to start a second time on some computers (#16389)

On some computers, after installing Tails to a USB stick, Tails starts a first time but fails to start a second time. In some cases, only BIOS (Legacy) was affected and the USB stick was not listed in the Boot Menu.

We are still investigating the issue, so if it happens to you, please report your findings by email to tails-testers@boum.org. Mention the model of the computer and the USB stick. This mailing list is archived publicly.

To fix this issue:

  1. Reinstall your USB stick using the same installation method.

  2. Start Tails for the first time and set up an administration password.

  3. Choose Applications ▸ System Tools ▸ Root Terminal to open a Root Terminal.

  4. Execute the following command:

    sgdisk --recompute-chs /dev/bilibop

You can also test an experimental image:

  1. Download the .img file from our development server.

  2. Install it using the same installation methods.

    We don't provide any OpenPGP signature or other verification technique for this test image. Please only use it for testing.

Get Tails 3.12

O que vem por aí?

Tails 3.13 is scheduled for March 19.

Confira o nosso roadmap e veja nossos objetivos futuros.

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

Posted 2019-01-29 Tags: