Tails 3.x deprecated i686 32-bit support. For those of us that still use i686 it would be good to be able to continue using Tails 2.12 as the final 32-bit version.

However there appears to be no official download for anything but the latest Tails 3.x release (there used to be an obsolete directory at http://dl.amnesia.boum.org/tails but, alas, no more).

Where can I obtain a verifiable copy of Tails 2.12 ?

  • These are intentionally not distributed, no one should ever be using old versions of Tails since they all have known vulnerabilities. It would not be "good" in any sense to continue using it. – cacahuatl Nov 3 '17 at 23:34
  • That's true for those that can use latest 64-bit version, but if limited to 32-bits it would be nice to be able to obtain the latest (final) 32-bit version because that's as "good" as it gets for those constrained to that platform. – starfry Nov 4 '17 at 0:05
  • It would be irresponsible of Tails to give potential users software that they know has exploits in the wild for. – cacahuatl Nov 4 '17 at 0:32
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For those limited to i686 and willing to accept the risks of vulnerabilities in old versions, Tucows has Tails v2.12, both the iso and the gpg signature, and it verifies cleanly with the Tails OpenPGP Signing Key.

$ wget https://tails.boum.org/tails-signing.key
$ gpg --import tails-signing.key
key DBB802B258ACD84F:
$ $ gpg --verify tails-i386-2.12.iso.sig tails-i386-2.12.iso
gpg: Signature made Tue 18 Apr 2017 17:46:37 BST
gpg:                using RSA key BA2C222F44AC00ED9899389398FEC6BC752A3DB6
gpg: Good signature from "Tails developers <tails@boum.org>" [unknown]
gpg:                 aka "Tails developers (offline long-term identity key)
Primary key fingerprint: A490 D0F4 D311 A415 3E2B  B7CA DBB8 02B2 58AC D84F
     Subkey fingerprint: BA2C 222F 44AC 00ED 9899  3893 98FE C6BC 752A 3DB6

I also verified this torrent:

magnet:?xt=urn:btih:URMZDBP3K7HYCLXMR5L34CEFAU72H3GV;dn=TAILS+-+1.1.2+-+%28x86%29;tr=udp://tracker.openbittorrent.com:80/announce
  • N.B. that obviously no one should be running Tails 2.12. For a taste of some of the vulnerabilities you're opening yourself up to getting hacked by see: mfsa2017-12, mfsa2017-22, mfsa2017-19, mfsa2017-16 and many, many others which you can read about on Tails' release announcement. – cacahuatl Nov 4 '17 at 20:25
  • Also note that there have been critical kernel vulnerabilities patched since the release of 2.12, so an attacker can get to root by getting you to open a web page and do whatever they want to your system, including connect outside of Tor, directly to the internet and deanonymize you. I really cannot stress enough how much of a terrible idea it is to run Tails 2.12 still. – cacahuatl Nov 4 '17 at 20:27
  • The link posted by starfry is dead now. This still works, torrent for Tails 2.12: linuxtracker.org/… – user40470 Sep 23 at 20:51

You know, all this talk about "no one should use 32 bit tails" is silly.

First of all, I'm not a child or an idiot, and neither are most others - I know the risks, and they do also, so stop patronizing. A prudent caution is useful. Telling us what we should and should not do is arrogant.

Second of all, tails is uniquely useful for non-web purposes.

It is good for booting a machine and inspecting its disk and resources without leaving a trace. If the machine you are targeting is 32-bit, you need 32-bit tails.

It is also good for disk rescue and recovery in ways other distributions are not, and again, if the machine is 32-bits, you need 32-bit tails.

Thirdly, if all you have is a 32-bit machine, the last 32-bit tails is better than the copy I downloaded two years ago.

Lastly, not everyone is all about Tor. Sure, the obsolete Tor browser is vulnerable, and so too doubtless are other critical components. But when I use tails on the web, I always use the insecure browser, simply for the sake of performance. I'm not a spook, and I don't care about anonymity most of the time. I do care about using a foreign machine without leaving a trace.

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