Pre-Release Announcement

SecureDrop 2.8.0: Pre-Release Announcement

March 5, 2024

SecureDrop 2.8.0 is scheduled to be released on March 12, 2024. We will send out another notification through this blog, Mastodon, X, and the support portal when the release is live. Changes that journalists and administrators should be aware of are summarized in this blog post. A complete list of changes can be found on GitHub.

What’s coming in SecureDrop 2.8.0?

For journalists and administrators

  • Compatibility: SecureDrop 2.8.0 will be compatible with the latest release series of the Tails operating system, Tails 6.

    Notably for end users, Tails 6 no longer supports desktop shortcuts. You will need to access SecureDrop through the SecureDrop Menu introduced in SecureDrop 2.6.0.

    Please do not upgrade your Journalist and Admin Workstations to Tails 6 prior to the release. We will provide upgrade instructions alongside the release. (Issue, Pull Request)
  • Bugfix: The ./securedrop-admin setup logic for detecting missing package dependencies will work correctly on recent releases of Tails. (Issue, Pull Request)

For all users

  • Usability: Some text in the user interface has been updated in response to translator feedback. (Pull Request)

For developers

  • Bugfix: The development environment automatically reloads again when detecting file changes. (Issue, Pull Request)

What administrators will need to do

SecureDrop Application and Monitor Servers will be updated to SecureDrop 2.8.0 automatically within 24 hours of the release. As with previous releases, we will provide instructions for performing the workstation updates (including the Tails 6 update) at the time of the release.

Questions and comments

If you have questions or comments regarding this release, please contact us:

We also encourage you to file nonsensitive issues you encounter in our GitHub repository (issue report form).

Thank you for using SecureDrop!

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