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

New features

  • We disabled the Unsafe Browser by default and clarified that the Unsafe Browser can be used to deanonymize you.

    An attacker could exploit a security vulnerability in another application in Tails to start an invisible Unsafe Browser and reveal your IP address, even if you are not using the Unsafe Browser.

    For example, an attacker could exploit a security vulnerability in Thunderbird by sending you a phishing email that could start an invisible Unsafe Browser and reveal them your IP address.

    Such an attack is very unlikely but could be performed by a strong attacker, such as a government or a hacking firm.

    This is why we recommend that you:

    • Only enable the Unsafe Browser if you need to log in to a captive portal.
    • Always upgrade to the latest version of Tails to fix known vulnerabilities as soon as possible.
  • We added a new feature of the Persistent Storage to save the settings from the Welcome Screen.

    This feature is beta and only the additional setting to enable the Unsafe Browser is made persistent. The other settings (language, keyboard, and other additional settings) will be made persistent in Tails 4.9 (July 28).

    new Welcome Screen feature in the Persistent Storage settings

Changes and updates

  • Update Tor Browser to 9.5.1.

  • Update Thunderbird to 68.9.0.

  • Update Linux to 5.6.0. This should improve the support for newer hardware (graphics, Wi-Fi, etc.).

Fixed problems

  • Fix the Find in page feature of Thunderbird. (#17328)

  • Fix shutting down automatically the laptop when resuming from suspend with the Tails USB stick removed. (#16787)

  • Notify always when MAC address spoofing fails and the network interface is disabled. (#17779)

  • Fix the import of OpenPGP public keys in binary format (non armored) from the Files browser.

For more details, read our changelog.

Known issues

  • Only use the following characters in the administration password:

    • a–z
    • A–Z
    • 1–9
    • _@%+=:,./-

    If you use spaces or other accentuated characters, like àéïøů, your will not be able to type your administration password again in your Tails session, unless you type single quotes ' around it.

    For example, if you set the administration password: née entrepôt über señor, you would have to type 'née entrepôt über señor'. (#17792)

  • The keyboard layout is not updated automatically when setting the language. For example, setting the language to French doesn't change the keyboard layout to French (AZERTY). (#17794)

  • Tails fails to start with the toram boot option. (#17800)

See the list of long-standing issues.

Get Tails 4.8

To upgrade your Tails USB stick and keep your persistent storage

  • Automatic upgrades are available from Tails 4.2 or later to 4.8.

  • 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 if you install instead of upgrading.

To download only

If you don't need installation or upgrade instructions, you can download Tails 4.8 directly:

What's coming up?

Tails 4.9 is scheduled for July 28.

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!