Upgrade from 0.12.2 to 0.13.0¶
SecureDrop 0.12.2 was the last version of SecureDrop compatible with Ubuntu 14.04 (Trusty). If you are still running Ubuntu 14.04 on your Application and Monitor Server, your servers will not receive the update to SecureDrop 0.13.0, and we recommend that you reinstall SecureDrop as soon as possible. See Upgrading to Ubuntu 16.04 After April 30.
Updating the Tails Workstations¶
If you have not already done so, we recommend that you update all Tails drives to version 3.14, which was released on May 21, 2019. Follow the Tails graphical prompts on your workstations to perform this upgrade.
On a subsequent boot of your SecureDrop Journalist and Admin Workstations, the SecureDrop Workstation Updater will alert you to workstation updates. You must have configured an administrator password on the Tails welcome screen in order to use the graphical updater.
Choose “Update Now” on each of the workstations:
Please note that this only updates the SecureDrop code on your Tails workstations. Tails upgrades must be performed separately.
If you don’t see the graphical updater, or if the automated update fails, you can perform a manual update by running the following commands:
cd ~/Persistent/securedrop git fetch --tags gpg --recv-key "2224 5C81 E3BA EB41 38B3 6061 310F 5612 00F4 AD77" git tag -v 0.13.0
You may have to run the
--recv-key command repeatedly for it to
The output should include the following two lines:
gpg: using RSA key 22245C81E3BAEB4138B36061310F561200F4AD77 gpg: Good signature from "SecureDrop Release Signing Key"
Please verify that each character of the fingerprint above matches what on the screen of your workstation. If it does, you can check out the new release:
git checkout 0.13.0
Finally, run the following commands:
./securedrop-admin setup ./securedrop-admin tailsconfig
Backing Up the Tails Workstations¶
USB flash drives degrade over time and vary in quality. To ensure continued access to SecureDrop by administrators and journalists, we recommend backing up the Tails Workstations on the occasion of a new SecureDrop release, after you have completed the upgrade process for each drive.
You can use a single storage device for backups of multiple workstations. See our Workstation Backup Guide for more information.
Should you require further support with your SecureDrop installation or the upgrade to Ubuntu 16.04, we are happy to help!
- Community support is available at https://forum.securedrop.org
- If you are already a member of our support portal, please don’t hesitate to open a ticket there. If you would like to request access, please contact us at email@example.com (GPG encrypted).
- The Freedom of the Press Foundation offers training and priority support services. See https://securedrop.org/priority-support/ for more information.