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Tails 2.7 is Out With Major Security Fixes

Written by Martins D. Okoi

The team behind Tails (The Amnesic Incognito Live System) has just announced the release of their latest version, Tails 2.7.

The Debian-based, live distro with the sole purpose of providing users with Internet anonymity by directing Internet traffic through the Tor network and at the same time, providing built-in tools for a secure work environment just received its latest release which has the primary focus of squashing bugs and toughening security.

The distro has received fixes to numerous major security issues that existed in version 2.6 and the developers strongly encourage users to upgrade their versions to the latest as soon as possible.

What Changes are in Tails 2.7?

  • Tor has been upgraded to version
  • The Tor browser has been upgraded to version 6.0.6
  • Icedove (Thunderbird) has been upgraded to version 45.4.0

Fixes in Tails 2.7

  • Set default spell checking language of Icedove to English instead of French.
  • Fix multi-architecture support in Synaptic. This should fix broken installations of additional packages from Synaptic.

You can view the full changelog here.

Installing Tails 2.7

There is a an automatic upgrade from Tails version 2.6 to 2.7 so you don’t have to worry yourself as an upgrade is already a round the corner.

But, if for some reason you can’t perform an automatic upgrade then follow the instructions here for a manual installation.

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To perform a new installation can follow the Tails Installation Assistant.

The next Tails version (2.8) has been scheduled for December 13. You can follow this link to see the roadmap for Tails’ upcoming releases.

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About the author

Martins D. Okoi

Martins Divine Okoi is a graduate of Computer Science with a passion for Linux and the Open Source community. He works as a Graphic Designer, Web Developer, and programmer.