[tor-project] Tails report for January 2020

sajolida sajolida at pimienta.org
Tue Feb 11 08:40:00 UTC 2020



- Tails 4.2 was released on January 7.

- Tails 4.2.2 was released on January 14 (emergency release).

- Tails 4.3 is scheduled for February 11.

The following changes were introduced in Tails 4.2:

- Improvements to automatic upgrades

  We worked on important improvements to the automatic upgrade feature,
  which is still one of your major pain points when using Tails:

  - Until now, if your version of Tails was several months old, you
    sometimes had to do 2 or more automatic upgrades in a row. For
    example, to upgrade from Tails 3.12 to Tails 3.16, you first had to
    upgrade to Tails 3.14.

    Starting with 4.2, direct automatic upgrades will be available from
    all prior versions to the latest version.

  - Until now, you could only do a limited number of automatic upgrades,
    after which you had to do a much more complicated "manual" upgrade.


    Starting with 4.2, you will only have to do a manual upgrade between
    major versions, for example to upgrade to Tails 5.0 in 2021.

- We made automatic upgrades use less memory.

- We optimized a bit the size of the download when doing automatic

- We included several command line tools used by SecureDrop users to
  analyze the metadata of leaked documents on computers that cannot use
  the Additional Software feature:

  - PDF Redact Tools to redact and strip metadata from text documents
    before publishing
  - Tesseract OCR to convert images containing text into a text document
  - FFmpeg to record and convert audio and video

- Open ~/Persistent/keepassx.kdbx by default when starting KeePassX. If
  this database does not exist yet, stop pointing to it in the list of
  recent databases.

The following changes were introduced in Tails 4.2:

- Update Tor Browser to 9.0.4.

  This fixes a critical vulnerability in the JavaScript JIT compiler of
  Firefox and Tor Browser.

  Mozilla is aware of targeted attacks in the wild abusing this

  This vulnerability only affects the standard security level of Tor
  Browser. The safer and safest security levels are not affected.

- Avoid a 2-minutes delay when restarting after doing an automatic
  upgrade. (#17026)


- We fixed critical regressions that were introduced while improving
  automatic upgrades.

- We started work on making the download of automatic upgrades more
  robust (#15875).

- We fixed the long delay while rebooting after applying an automatic
  upgrade (#17026).

- In order to make the development process a bit smoother:

  - We now use the tarball with all Tor Browser langpacks (#17400),
    instead of downloading a complete Tor Browser for every language.
  - Our build system is now able to cache the website build.

Documentation and website

- Göktürk Yüksek improved the dd command in the expert installation
  scenario to display progress (status=progress) and sync on-the-fly

- We fixed the display of the output of rsync when doing a backup of the
  persistent volume.



- We made progress on our migration to GitLab.

- We resumed work on upgrading our CI hardware (#16960).


- We added ThinkPenguin as a partner.


- We teared down the donation campaign. We raised around 100k€ from
  2 000 donations.

- We were invited to submit a full proposal for the joint grant proposal
  with Tor and the Guardian Project to the DRL Internet Freedom program.

Hot topics on our help desk

- A lot of users are complaining about Seahorse failing to import public
  keys. (#17183)

- A few people reported graphic issues, mostly #16875, but also with
  Nvidia Turing. (#17155)

- Some users are facing issues (#17388, #17430, #17418) with some
  network adapter since 4.1.1. (#17388, #17430, #17418)


All the website

    fr: 86% (5293) strings translated, 3% strings fuzzy
    es: 51% (3134) strings translated, 4% strings fuzzy
    de: 34% (2143) strings translated, 10% strings fuzzy
    it: 30% (1852) strings translated, 8% strings fuzzy
    fa: 27% (1689) strings translated, 10% strings fuzzy
    pt: 22% (1359) strings translated, 8% strings fuzzy

Core pages of the website

    fr: 93% (1695) strings translated, 4% strings fuzzy
    es: 90% (1636) strings translated, 2% strings fuzzy
    de: 64% (1168) strings translated, 16% strings fuzzy
    it: 60% (1094) strings translated, 18% strings fuzzy
    pt: 43% (792) strings translated, 14% strings fuzzy
    fa: 32% (596) strings translated, 14% strings fuzzy


- Tails has been started more than 856 922 times this month. This makes
  27 643 boots a day on average.

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