This release is an emergency release to fix a critical vulnerability in the Linux kernel.
Changes and updates
Update the Linux kernel to 6.1.38.
This updates fixes:
These vulnerability could allow a malicious application running in Tails to access and steal data from another application in Tails, for example passwords stored in KeePassXC or private keys stored in Electrum.
This attack is unlikely, but could be performed by a strong attacker, such as a government or a hacking firm. We are not aware of this attack being used in the wild.
For more details, read our changelog.
None specific to this release.
See the list of long-standing issues.
Get Tails 5.16.1
To upgrade your Tails USB stick and keep your persistent storage
Automatic upgrades are available from Tails 5.0 or later to 5.16.1.
You can reduce the size of the download of future automatic upgrades by doing a manual upgrade to the latest version.
If you cannot do an automatic upgrade or if Tails fails to start after an automatic upgrade, please try to do a manual upgrade.
To install Tails on a new USB stick
Follow our installation instructions:
- Install from Windows
- Install from macOS
- Install from Linux
- Install from Debian or Ubuntu using the command line and GnuPG
The Persistent Storage on the USB stick will be lost if you install instead of upgrading.
To download only
If you don't need installation or upgrade instructions, you can download Tails 5.16.1 directly: