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May 5, 2012

UPDATE: New Version of the U.S. Department of Defense Lightweight Portable Security (LPS) Linux Distribution

The Anti-Tamper Software Protection Initiative (ATSPI) Technology Office of the U.S. Department of Defense has released on May 5, 2012, the new version 1.3.4 of the very interesting LPS Linux distribution. This portable Linux creates a secure end node from trusted media on almost any Intel-based computer (PC or Mac)”,  and “boots a thin Linux operating system from a CD or USB flash stick without mounting a local hard drive”.

This is a maintenance release with the following changes:
  • Updated Firefox to 10.0.4 ESR
  • Added Firefox Extension: HTTPS Everywhere 2.0.3
  • Added Firefox Extension: NoScript 2.3.9
  • Updated Thunderbird to 10.0.4 ESR (Deluxe only)
  • Downgraded Flash to, due to incompatibilities in new Adobe libraries; Flash will be updated with our next kernel update release (LPS 1.4). If running an old version of Flash poses a problem for you, use the NoScript add-on within Firefox to disable it.
  • Updated Encryption Wizard application to 3.3.3
  • Updated OpenSSL to 0.9.8w
  • Updated OpenSSH to 6.0p1
  • Updated Java to 1.6u32
  • Updated the Citrix client to
  • Fixed SameTime support in Pidgin; it was left out of 1.3.3 by accident
  • Added MultiPing 0.1.2 under the Connectivity menu
  • Toggled Firefox security setting security.ssl.allow_unrestricted_renego_everywhere_temporarily_available_pref

The ISO image is free to download here .

If interested, you can submit contact information here http://spi.dod.mil/LPS_notify.htm to get update notifications.

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