Software Update: Tails 4.19

Tails stands for “The amnesic incognito live system” and is a live Linux distribution that focuses on privacy and anonymity. It uses Debian GNU/Linux as its base and adds a Gnome environment with Tor, Tor Browser, Pidgin, Thunderbird, Electrum, LibreOffice, GPG and KeePassXC. For more information, please refer to this page . The development team has released version 4.19 with the following changes and improvements:

Tails 4.19 is out

We worked very hard last week to get ready to release the work on the connection to Tor that we have been showing you in 4.19~beta1 and 4.19~rc1 . We made a lot of progress but didn’t feel confident enough to release it today.

So, we are releasing 4.19 as a regular upgrade and will release this work in 4.20. We will publish an updated rc2 in the coming days with even more improvements on the connection to Tor.

Changes and updates

  • Stop pinning the TLS certificate of our website when doing automatic upgrades.
    We broke automatic upgrades twice recently; once in December in 4.14 and again during a few days on May 15 . These 2 times, it was the consequence of a security feature: the pinning of the TLS certificate of our website when doing automatic upgrades.
    We removed this feature because the recent problems proved us that this feature was not worth it if it makes us break automatic upgrades that often. ( #18324 )
    Our upgrades are still as strongly authenticated as they are signed using OpenPGP by our team.
  • Add visual feedback when typing an administration password with sudo in a terminal:
    [email protected]:~$ sudo -i
    [sudo] password for amnesia: ******** 
  • Update Tor Browser to 10.0.17 .
  • Update Thunderbird to 78.10.0 .
Version number 4.19
Release status Final
Operating systems Linux
Website tails
License type Conditions (GNU/BSD/etc.)

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