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Tails 1.1 has been released

27. Jul 2014

I’m sure you are aware of the fact that Tails 1.1. has been released.

Like with all previous releases you are supposed to update it. It seems the best option would be USB device you can boot from as this saves you from burning DVD after DVD. Plus updating the USB device is much easier.

Please just download it form where you are used to get it from.

Before we get to the changes, let me tell you that there is a exploit dealer that claimed to know a vulnerability in Tails 1.0 and that by the looks of it, it would not be fixed by 1.1. However this should not hold you back from updating, because other bugs have been fixed. The issue is being worked on.

  • 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.

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