Tails, The Amnesic Incognito Live System, version 1.2.2, is out.

This release is an emergency release that changes the root certificate which is used to verify automatic upgrades.

On January 3rd, the SSL certificate of our website hosting provider, boum.org, will expire. The new certificate will be issued by a different certificate authority. This certificate authority is verified by the automatic upgrade mechanism of Tails.

As a consequence, versions previous to 1.2.2 won't be able to do the next automatic upgrade to version 1.2.3 and will receive an error message from Tails Upgrader when starting Tails after January 3rd.

On top of that, a bug in Tails Upgrader prevents us from providing an automatic upgrade from version 1.2.1 to 1.2.2.

So all users should either:

  • Do a manual upgrade to version 1.2.2 before January 3rd. (recommended)
  • Remember to do a manual upgrade to version 1.2.3 on January 14th.


  • Minor improvements

    • Change the SSL certificate authority expected by Tails Upgrader when checking for new Tails versions on https://tails.boum.org/.

See the online Changelog for technical details.

Known issues

The same issues as in 1.2.1 apply to this release:

For users of persistent GnuPG keyrings and configuration

If you have enabled the GnuPG keyrings and configuration persistence feature and have upgraded a Tails USB stick or SD card installation to Tails 1.2.1 or 1.2.2, then please follow these steps to benefit from the updated GnuPG configuration:

  1. Boot Tails with an administration password set.

  2. Run this command in a Root Terminal:

    cp /etc/skel/.gnupg/gpg.conf /home/amnesia/.gnupg/gpg.conf

I want to try it or to upgrade!

Go to the install page.

As no software is ever perfect, we maintain a list of problems that affects the last release of Tails.

What's coming up?

The next Tails release is scheduled for January 14.

Do you want to help? There are many ways you can contribute to Tails. If you want to help, come talk to us!