Tails 4.13 arrives with fixes, Tor 10.0.5 and more

The new version of Tails (The Amnesic Incognito Live System) 4.13 has already been released and it is available for download and installation for the general public.

This new version of the distribution stands out for including the most recent released version of the web browser Thor 10.0.5, in addition to that a button has also been added to restart Tails after creating a partition for storing persistent data and other changes.

Main new features of Tails 4.13

In the new version of Tails different components of the system have been updateday of the most important highlights the inclusion of the new version of Tor Browser 10.0.5 and Thunderbird 78.4.2, which comes with built-in OpenPGP support (previously released 68.12), since the Enigmail extension is replaced.

The new version of Tor 10.0.5 is in sync with Firefox 78.5.0 base code ESR, which has fixed 19 vulnerabilities and also comes with a default option for the new "PraxedisGuerrero" for obfs4 that is enabled.

Another novelty that stands out is the new button added to restart Tails after creating partition for persistent data storage (This is basically shown at the end of the process and makes it easier for the user to restart the system).

This root partition created with persistent storage it is limited to read-only access by root only.

While, for users of the Dotfiles function persistent storage, Places -> Dotfiles setting is provided, what allows access to the contents of the unlocked directory / live / persistence / TailsData_unlocked / dotfiles from the file manager.

The set of translation files has been reduced to only the languages ​​suggested in the login welcome screen, which benefits from reducing the size of the system image by 5%.

And it also stands out that TCP timestamps mode support included (sysctl net.ipv4.tcp_timestamps), which allows to increase the stability of the work in slow communication channels.

Regarding the problems that were fixed in the new version the fix in the "Update" button of the installer by Tails when running in Croatian, Danish, French, Hebrew, Macedonian, Simplified Chinese, and Turkish.

Also, in Tails 4.13 fixed a critical vulnerability (CVE-2020-26950) in the Firefox JavaScript engine, the details of which have yet to be revealed. We only know that the problem is related to the incorrect use of the MCallGetProperty opcode and can lead to access to an already freed memory area (use-after-free), suitable for creating a functional exploit and that the problem has been fixed in Firefox updates 82.0.3 and 78.4.2.

And that also it is now possible to increase the sound volume above 100%.

Finally, if you want to know more about this new version of the distribution, you can check the details in the announcement. The link is this.

Download Tails 4.13

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.

The image obtained from the download section is a 1 GB ISO image capable of working in live mode.

It is also important to take into account that this new version of Tails 4.13, like most of its predecessors, also corrects some security holes, so its developers strongly recommend that you upgrade to this new version if you are in a previous one. .

How to update to the new version of Tails 4.13?

For those users who have an older version of Tails installed and want to upgrade to this new version. They should know that the direct upgrade to Tails 4.13 can be done directly from Tails 4.2 or higher.

For this they can make use of their USB device that they used to install Tails, they can consult the information to carry this movement on their computer In the following link. 

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