[Tails-testers] [Tails-news] Tails 4.8 is out

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Subject: [Tails-testers] [Tails-news] Tails 4.8 is out
This release fixes [many security
You should upgrade as soon as possible.

# New features

* We disabled the _Unsafe Browser_ by default and clarified that [the _Unsafe Browser_ can be used to deanonymize you](https://tails.boum.org/doc/anonymous_internet/unsafe_browser/index.en.html#security).

An attacker could exploit a security vulnerability in another application in
Tails to start an invisible _Unsafe Browser_ and reveal your IP address, even
if you are not using the _Unsafe Browser_.

For example, an attacker could exploit a security vulnerability in
_Thunderbird_ by sending you a phishing email that could start an invisible
_Unsafe Browser_ and reveal them your IP address.

Such an attack is very unlikely but could be performed by a strong attacker,
such as a government or a hacking firm.

This is why we recommend that you:

    * Only enable the _Unsafe Browser_ if you need to log in to a captive portal.
    * Always upgrade to the latest version of Tails to fix known vulnerabilities as soon as possible.
  * We added a new feature of the Persistent Storage to save the settings from the Welcome Screen.

This feature is beta and only the additional setting to enable the _Unsafe
Browser_ is made persistent. The other settings (language, keyboard, and other
additional settings) will be made persistent in Tails 4.9 (July 28).

![new Welcome Screen feature in the Persistent Storage

# Changes and updates

* Update _Tor Browser_ to [9.5.1](https://blog.torproject.org/new-release-tor-browser-951).

* Update _Thunderbird_ to [68.9.0](https://www.thunderbird.net/en-US/thunderbird/68.9.0/releasenotes/).

* Update _Linux_ to 5.6.0. This should improve the support for newer hardware (graphics, Wi-Fi, etc.).

# Fixed problems

* Fix the _Find in page_ feature of _Thunderbird_. ([#17328](https://gitlab.tails.boum.org/tails/tails/-/issues/17328))

* Fix shutting down automatically the laptop when resuming from suspend with the Tails USB stick removed. ([#16787](https://gitlab.tails.boum.org/tails/tails/-/issues/16787))

* Notify always when [MAC address spoofing](https://tails.boum.org/doc/first_steps/welcome_screen/mac_spoofing/index.en.html) fails and the network interface is disabled. ([#17779](https://gitlab.tails.boum.org/tails/tails/-/issues/17779))

* Fix the import of OpenPGP public keys in binary format (non armored) from the _Files_ browser.

For more details, read our

# Known issues

* Administration passwords set at the Welcome Screen cannot contain most non-english characters, including spaces ([#17779](https://gitlab.tails.boum.org/tails/tails/-/issues/17779)). Because of this you should limit your passwords to only alphanumeric characters (`a-z`, `A-Z`, `0-9`) and the following special characters: `_@%+=:,./-`. Once you have logged in you can change the password however you like using the `passwd` command in a Terminal.

See the list of [long-standing

# Get Tails 4.8

## To upgrade your Tails USB stick and keep your persistent storage

* Automatic upgrades are available from Tails 4.2 or later to 4.8.

* If you cannot do an automatic upgrade or if Tails fails to start after an automatic upgrade, please try to do a [manual upgrade](https://tails.boum.org/doc/upgrade/index.en.html#manual).

## To install Tails on a new USB stick

Follow our installation instructions:

* [Install from Windows](https://tails.boum.org/install/win/index.en.html)
* [Install from macOS](https://tails.boum.org/install/mac/index.en.html)
* [Install from Linux](https://tails.boum.org/install/linux/index.en.html)

All the data on this USB stick will be lost if you install instead of

## To download only

If you don't need installation or upgrade instructions, you can download Tails
4.8 directly:

* [For USB sticks (USB image)](https://tails.boum.org/install/download/index.en.html)
* [For DVDs and virtual machines (ISO image)](https://tails.boum.org/install/download-iso/index.en.html)

# What's coming up?

Tails 4.9 is [scheduled](https://tails.boum.org/contribute/calendar/) for July

Have a look at our [roadmap](https://tails.boum.org/contribute/roadmap) to see
where we are heading to.

We need your help and there are many ways to [contribute to
([donating](https://tails.boum.org/donate/?r=4.8) is only one of them). Come
[talk to us](https://tails.boum.org/about/contact/index.en.html#tails-dev)!

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