Upgrade from 0.13.1 to 0.14.0

Updating the Tails Workstations

We recommend that you update all Tails drives to version 3.15, which was released on July 9, 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. Due to a recent surge in attacks against GPG keyservers, we recommend against using the graphical updater for this release.

We have uploaded the SecureDrop Release Key to the new keys.openpgp.org keyserver, which includes important mitigations against this type of attack. In the process, we have also updated the expiration date of the release key (the fingerprint remains the same).

To update your workstations using the new keyserver, run the following commands:

cd ~/Persistent/securedrop
git fetch --tags
gpg --keyserver hkps://keys.openpgp.org --recv-key \
 "2224 5C81 E3BA EB41 38B3 6061 310F 5612 00F4 AD77"
git tag -v 0.14.0

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 0.14.0


If you do see the warning “refname ‘0.14.0’ is ambiguous” in the output, we recommend that you contact us immediately at securedrop@freedom.press (GPG encrypted).

Finally, run the following commands:

./securedrop-admin setup
./securedrop-admin tailsconfig

Once you have updated the workstation, the graphical updater will always use the new keys.openpgp.org keyserver.

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.

Getting Support

Should you require further support with your SecureDrop installation, we are happy to help!