Software update: Tails 5.3.1

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Tails stands for The amnesic incognito live system and is a live Linux distribution that focuses on privacy and anonymity. It bases on Debian GNU/Linux and adds a Gnome environment with Tor, Tor Browser, Pidgin, Thunderbird, Electrum, LibreOffice, GPG and KeePassXC. For more information, we refer to this page. Version 5 is based on Debian 11 and includes OpenPGP has been replaced by Kleopatra. In version 5.3.1, Thunderbird has been updated to version 91.12.0 and the Linux kernel to 5.10.127-2, which should fix a security vulnerability.

Changes and Updates

  • Update the Linux kernel to 5.10.127-2, which fixes CVE-2022-34918a vulnerability that allows applications in Tails to gain administration privileges.
    For example, if an attacker was able to exploit other unknown security vulnerabilities in Tor Browser, they might then use CVE-2022-34918 to take full control of your Tails and deanonymize you.
    This attack is very unlikely, but could be performed by a strong attacker, such as a government or a hacking firm. We are not aware of this attack being used in the wild.
  • Update Thunderbird to 91.12.0.

For more details, read our changelog.

Version number 5.3.1
Release status Final
Operating systems Linux
Website Tails
License type Prerequisites (GNU/BSD/etc.)
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