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Tails 3.16 is out

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This release fixes many security vulnerabilities. You should upgrade as soon as possible.

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Anonymous OS Tails Gets Fix for SWAPGS Variant of Spectre

  • Anonymous OS Tails Gets Fix for SWAPGS Variant of the Spectre Vulnerability

    Tails, the amnesic incognito live system built around the Tor technologies, also known as the Anonymous OS, has been updated to version 3.16 to address a critical security vulnerability and update core components.

    Tails 3.16 is now available and it ships with an updated Linux kernel to version 4.19.37-5+deb10u2, imported from the Debian GNU/Linux 10 "Buster" operating system. Besides several other security fixes, the updated kernel is patched against the SWAPGS variant of the infamous Spectre vulnerability.

    Moreover, the Tails 3.16 release updates most of the firmware packages to improve support for newer hardware, including graphics, Wi-Fi, and others. It also updates the Tor Browser anonymous web browser to the latest 8.5.5 release, and removes predefined bookmarks from Tor Browser's bookmarks toolbar.

Tails 3.16: Security release addresses multiple vulnerabilities

  • Tails 3.16: Security release addresses multiple vulnerabilities

    Tails users have been urged to update to the latest version of the privacy-focused Linux-based operating system, which includes mitigations to numerous security vulnerabilities.

    Launched yesterday, Tails 3.16 includes fixes to previously disclosed bugs affecting the Linux kernel and certain Debian packages.

    Among the now-patched issues is the SWAPGS gadget vulnerability – a Spectre-like flaw that could allow an attacker to circumvent CPU memory security controls.

    The latest Tails release also addresses multiple security vulnerabilities impacting the Tor Browser, Thunderbird, and Libre Office, which come bundled with the OS.

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