Tails 2.6 released with several security fixes

The Tails developers has announced availability of Tails 2.6, latest bug fix cum maintenance release of Debian based GNU/Linux distribution that offers tools and services to keep anonymity and privacy while browsing web and using other web services. This release of tails ships fixes for numerous bugs reported in previous releases and hence it is highly recommended to update to this release.

Tails 2.6 comes with address space layout randomization in the Linux kernel (kASLR) which help the distribution to provide better protection from buffer overflow attacks. Also, rngd is installed to increase entropy of random numbers on computers having hardware random number generator.


Tails 2.6 also brings numerous bug fixes and updated packages which can be summarized as follows:
  • Upgrade Tor to 0.2.8.7.
  • Upgrade Tor Browser to 6.0.5.
  • Upgrade to Linux 4.6. This should improve the support for newer hardware (graphics, Wi-Fi, etc.)
  • Upgrade Icedove to 45.2.0.
  • Upgrade Tor Birdy to 0.2.0.
  • Upgrade Electrum to 2.6.4.
  • Install firmware for Intel SST sound cards (firmware-intel-sound).
  • Install firmware for Texas Instruments Wi-Fi interfaces (firmware-ti-connectivity).
  • Remove non-free APT repositories. We documented how to configure additional APT repositories using the persistent volume.
  • Use a dedicated page as the homepage of Tor Browser so we can customize it for our users.
  • Set up the trigger for RAM erasure on shutdown earlier in the boot process. This should speed up shutdown and make RAM erasure more robust. 
  • Disable the automatic configuration of Icedove when using OAuth. This should fix the automatic configuration for GMail accounts. (#11536)
  • Make the Disable all networking and Tor bridge mode options of Tails Greeter more robust. (#11593)
For more information, see release announcement and change log published in projects website.

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