The developers of Tails have put out version 1.6 of the privacy oriented Linux distribution.
Tails 1.6 is primarily a security fix for the several vulnerabilities found in the previous version (1.5.1).
The Tails’ team is asking users to immediately upgrade to version 1.6.
Tails 1.6 – Changes
The Tor Browser has been upgraded to version 5.0.3 (based on Firefox 38.3.0 ESR) in Tails 1.6.
Users of Tails 1.6 will also find fixes for issues related to MAC address spoofing. For instance, if MAC address spoofing fails on a network interface and this interface cannot be disabled then all networking is completely disabled.
A notification is now displayed if MAC address spoofing causes network issues (for example if a network only allows connections from a list of authorized MAC addresses).
Version 1.6 upgrades the I2P anonymity network to version 0.9.22 and enables its AppArmor profile.
The next Tails release is scheduled for November 3.
Unlike most Linux distributions, Tails is run only in ‘live’ mode from a DVD, USB stick, or SD card independently of the computer’s original operating system.
Tails relies on the Tor anonymity network to protect users’ privacy online. All software is configured to connect to the Internet through Tor and if an application tries to connect to the Internet directly, the connection is automatically blocked for security.
Just in case you’re curious, Tails stands for The Amnesic Incognito Live System.