[Tails-news] Tails 4.8 is out
This release fixes many security
You should upgrade as soon as possible.
* 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).
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.).
* 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
* Administration passwords set at the Welcome Screen cannot contain most non-english characters, including spaces (#17779). Because of this you should limit your passwords to only alphanumeric characters (
0-9) and the following special characters:
[email protected]%+=:,./-. Once you have logged in you can change the password however you like using the
passwd command in a Terminal.
See the list of long-standing
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:
* Install from Windows
* Install from macOS
* Install from Linux
All the data on this USB stick will be lost if you install instead of
To download only
If you don't need installation or upgrade instructions, you can download Tails
* For USB sticks (USB image)
* For DVDs and virtual machines (ISO image)
What's coming up?
Tails 4.9 is scheduled for July
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
(donating is only one of them). Come
talk to us!