The new version of Tails 3.16 arrives, a distribution focused on anonymity

After two months of development the launch of the new version of the Linux distribution "Tails 3.16" was presented (The Amnesic Incognito Live System) which is based on the Debian package database and designed to provide anonymous access to the network.

For those who are still unaware of Tails, they should know that this Linux distribution is based on Debian packages and intended to provide anonymous access to the network. Anonymous access to Tails is provided by Tor. All connections, except traffic through the Tor network, are blocked by default with a packet filter.

Encryption is used to store user data in the mode of saving user data between startups

Main new features of Tails 3.16

The new version of Tails 3.16 arrives with updated versions of Tor Browser 8.5.5 in which in this new version of the web browser transitioned to using the new stable branch of Tor 0.4.1, as well as the addition of the new version of NoScript 11.0.3.

This new version of Tor Browser 8.5.5 is synchronized with the ESR Firefox 60.9.0 code baseIn which 10 vulnerabilities have been fixed, of which two issues collected under CVE-2019-11740 could lead to the organization of malicious code execution.

In addition to the bug (CVE-2019-9812) that makes it possible to bypass the isolation sandbox by manipulating Firefox Sync.

It is important to mention that Tor Browser 8.5.5 will be the last version of the Tor 8.5 seriesIn October, the release of Tor Browser 9.0 based on the new Firefox 68 ESR branch will be prepared.

Another of the updated components is in Tails 3.16 it is Thunderbird 60.8 and Linux kernel (4.19.37-5 + deb10u2), which fixed the SWAPGS vulnerability (Specter v1 option).

A change that was made in this new version of Tail is with the LibreOffice Math application which has been removed, which, if necessary, can be installed through the installation wizard for additional programs.

In addition, the delivery of a predefined set of bookmarks in the Tor browser was suspended and I2P and IRC accounts were automatically generated in Pidgin.

Finally it is also highlighted that Tails code was redesigned to hide disk partitions with Tails user data.

Download Tails 3.16

Si you want to try or install this new version of this Linux distribution on your computer, You can obtain the image of the system which is already available from its official website in its download section, link is this.

Regarding the requirements of this system in order to run it on your computer you must have at least these requirements to be able to install it without problems.

  • The first and most important is that you have either an internal or external DVD reader or the ability to boot from a USB memory.
  • Tails requires a 86-bit x64-64 compatible processor: IBM PC compatible and others, but not PowerPC or ARM so Tails does not work on most tablets and phones.
  • 2 GB of RAM to work without problems. Tails is known to work with less memory, but you may experience strange behavior or crashes.

How to update to the new version of Tails 3.16?

Si You already have a previous version of Tails and enter the list of versions that can be updated to this new version, you must open a terminal and execute the following commands.

First we update our list of packages and repositories with:

apt-get update

We indicate that they be updated with:

apt-get upgrade

Now we must download and install the latest versions of packages, dependencies and more recent.

apt-get dist-upgrade -y

At the end of this we remove all obsolete packages that are no longer needed

apt-get autoremove -y

At the end of this, we must restart our computer so that the new changes are implemented and we start with the new version of Tails.

And ready with this we already have the new Tails update in our team.


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