Tails, The Amnesic Incognito Live System, version 1.1, is out.

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

Changes

Notable user-visible changes include:

  • Rebase on Debian Wheezy

    • Upgrade literally thousands of packages.
    • Migrate to GNOME3 fallback mode.
    • Install LibreOffice instead of OpenOffice.
  • Major new features

    • UEFI boot support, which should make Tails boot on modern hardware and Mac computers.
    • Replace the Windows XP camouflage with a Windows 8 camouflage.
    • Bring back VirtualBox guest modules, installed from Wheezy backports. Full functionality is only available when using the 32-bit kernel.
  • Security fixes

    • Fix write access to boot medium via udisks (ticket #6172).
    • Upgrade the web browser to 24.7.0esr-0+tails1~bpo70+1 (Firefox 24.7.0esr + Iceweasel patches + Torbrowser patches).
    • Upgrade to Linux 3.14.12-1 (fixes CVE-2014-4699).
    • Make persistent file permissions safer (ticket #7443).
  • Bugfixes

    • Fix quick search in Tails Greeter's Other languages window (Closes: ticket #5387)
  • Minor improvements

    • Don't install Gobby 0.4 anymore. Gobby 0.5 has been available in Debian since Squeeze, now is a good time to drop the obsolete 0.4 implementation.
    • Require a bit less free memory before checking for upgrades with Tails Upgrader. The general goal is to avoid displaying "Not enough memory available to check for upgrades" too often due to over-cautious memory requirements checked in the wrapper.
    • Whisperback now sanitizes attached logs better with respect to DMI data, IPv6 addresses, and serial numbers (ticket #6797, ticket #6798, ticket #6804).
    • Install the BookletImposer PDF imposition toolkit.

See the online Changelog for technical details.

Known issues

  • Users of persistence must log in at least once with persistence enabled read-write after upgrading to 1.1 to see their settings updated.

  • Upgrading from ISO, from Tails 1.1~rc1, Tails 1.0.1 or earlier, is a bit more complicated than usual. Either follow the instructions to upgrade from ISO. Or, burn a DVD, start Tails from it, and use "Clone and Upgrade".

  • The automatic upgrade from Tails 1.1~rc1 is a bit more complicated than usual. Either follow the instructions to apply the automatic upgrade. Or, do a full upgrade.

  • A persistent volume created with Tails 1.1~beta1 cannot be used with Tails 1.1 or later. Worse, trying this may freeze Tails Greeter.

  • Tails 1.1 does not start in some virtualization environments, such as QEMU 0.11.1 and VirtualBox 4.2. This can be corrected by upgrading to QEMU 1.0 or VirtualBox 4.3, or newer (ticket #7232).

  • The web browser's JavaScript performance may be severely degraded (ticket #7127). Please let us know if you are experiencing this to a level where it is problematic.

  • 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 September 2.

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!

How to upgrade from ISO?

These steps allow you to upgrade a device installed with Tails Installer from Tails 1.0.1, Tails 1.1~beta1 or earlier, to Tails 1.1.

  1. Start Tails from another DVD, USB stick, or SD card, than the device that you want to upgrade.

  2. Set an administration password.

  3. Run this command in a Root Terminal to install the latest version of Tails Installer:

    echo "deb http://deb.tails.boum.org/ 1.1 main" \
        > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/tails-upgrade.list && \
        apt-get update && \
        apt-get install liveusb-creator
    
  4. Follow the usual instructions to upgrade from ISO, except the first step.

How to automatically upgrade from Tails 1.1~rc1?

These steps allow you to automatically upgrade a device installed with Tails Installer from Tails 1.1~rc1 to Tails 1.1.

  1. Start Tails 1.1~rc1 from the device you want to upgrade.

  2. Set an administration password.

  3. Run this command in a Terminal to apply the automatic upgrade:

    echo 'TAILS_CHANNEL="stable-fixed"' | sudo tee --append /etc/os-release && \
      cd / && tails-upgrade-frontend-wrapper