Parrot Security OS 4.6 Released
On Apr 26, 2019 ParrotSec team released Parrot Security OS 4.6 with many new changes: new drivers support, OpenNIC support for Anonsurf, better Snapcraft support, better support for OpenVPN, tool updates, reverse engineering, better support for developer,... Also this is the first release completely served by network of ParrotSec team without SaaS services like cloudflare. Everything is on their infrastructure.

Parrot Security OS KDE Plasma edition released
Parrot Security OS 4.6 KDE Plasma edition
   When ParrotSec team first added KDE, it was an experiment. They love Mate but they’d heard many great thing about KDE Plasma and decided they could try and support two desktop environments. Because of the work required to change everything from Mate to KDE Plasma. ParrotSec started with Parrot Home KDE Plasma edition. The feedback was immediate, you guys loved it. The recurring request since has been “how do add the tools”. ParrotSec team heard you and it is finally here! A Parrot Security edition featuring the KD Plasma desktop environment.
   ParrotSec team offer both MATE and KDE Plasma images for the Home and Security editions.

New changes in system of Parrot Security OS:
 * Appearance: ParrotSec's design team developed a new, ultra, awesome visual experience for Parrot Security OS 4.6, feast your eyes on a new boot-splash animation and desktop background! The desktop-base and parrot-wallpapers also received some love and are updated to reflect such changes including the new Parrot Security OS appearence.
   Note: The themes and icons are still the same.

 * APT now enforces HTTPS:
Parrot Security OS 4.6 Released
Source: HTTP vs HTTPS: The Difference And Everything You Need To Know
      ParrotSec team has modified our APT implementation to support HTTPS-to-HTTP downgrades. This allowed us to configure our repository as HTTPS by default. Parrot Security OS 4.6 is now configured to serve signed index files via HTTPS by default, and the mirror redirector is configured to redirect traffic to HTTPS mirrors when available. In case an https mirror is not available, the packages are downloaded by fallback HTTP mirrors, but APT will still verify the signatures. In other debian-based systems and previous Parrot Security OS versions, mirrors used http by default, and HTTPS is just an exception. HTTP downloads don’t represent a security risk because gpg signatures are more effective than SSL downloads in certifying repository integrity, as described on this website. Although you can never eliminate risk of bad actors, ParrotSec team hope to increase the cost for providers attempting to intercept or track user activities (i.e. knowing if a user is installing specific software).

 * New drivers support: Parrot Security OS 4.6 includes the Linux 4.19 kernel which contains several security patches, performance improvements and a better hardware support. Moreover Parrot Security OS 4.6 features important updates for broadcom and other wireless chipset manufacturers, and the Nvidia drivers were updated to the latest 410 version with better Quadro support.
   Read more: Debian Kernel Changelog and Linux changelog.

  * OpenNIC support for AnonSurf: AnonSurf now integrates a new option to change from the system DNS servers to OpenNIC DNS resolvers. OpenNIC is a community-driven dns resolver provider that respects user freedom and allows domain resolution of some special top level domains.
OpenNIC Project
OpenNIC Homepage
Orther updates on Parrot Security OS 4.6:
 * Better support for Snapcraft: Now when you install from snap it will show up in the applications menu by default.

 * AppArmor and Firejail profiles have been updated: ParrotSec team is constantly trying to rebuild the sandbox :) ParrotSec team love Firejail and AppArmor and they hope to achieve a state of near hassle-free setup and use. Sandboxed applications in Parrot Security OS are now more stable and reliable than before, and we are pushing forward with plans to not only add more profiles but utilize firejail’s capabilites to their fullest.

 * Better support for OpenVPN:
Parrot Security OS 4.6 support OpenVPN
      Setting up your VPN should be painless and quick. Network-manager now integrates all the available VPN plugins by default, allowing that experience to be just that.

New additions on Parrot Security OS 4.6:
 * Matrix and Riot.IM: ParrotSec team love federated instant messaging protocols! They love XMPP and Matrix for what they bring to the table. Though ParrotSec team like Dino they realized that they wanted something that was sexy, lightweight and worked with XMPP and MTProto. Using Matrix does all of this and more through bridges. Revolt is a Riot.IM desktop integration written mostly in Python, and shell fits our needs perfectly.
   (Riot.IM is a chat client built on the Matrix protocol.)
   There are several Matrix clients to pick from and we’re still testing. But as we work to move our community torward XMPP and Matrix we think it makes sense to have Revolt, you never know when Skynet will be activated :).

 * Reverse Engineering: while ParrotSec team evaluate the inclusion of NSA’s Ghidra, they decided to include Cutter, the powerful GUI to radare2, which is one of the most powerful reverse engineering frameworks out there. Cutter makes it easier to work with the radare2 framework and pushes Parrot’s reverse engineering capabilities to a new level.

 * Tool updates: Many tools received important updates since the release of Parrot Security OS 4.5. From Airgeddon to Metasploit up to the latest Bettercap version. All the tools are now up to date with their latest versions.

 * Developer Support: Since the introduction of the parrot-devel metapackage family, ParrotSec team worked hard to improve the overall development experience in Parrot Security OS. In that regard we have awesome news! The devel metapackage now includes the latest gcc and clang versions, an important security update for Java (OpenJDK), and a big jump from Node.JS 8.11 to the latest 10.15 version. And finally the inclusion of dbeaver as the default database manager. Metapackages were improved to be more modular and lightweight by default. The mono runtime and development tools were moved to parrot-devel-extra and are no longer pre-installed.

How to upgrade to Parrot Security OS 4.6?
   Open your Terminal and enter this command:
sudo parrot-upgrade
or
sudo apt update
sudo apt full-upgrade -y

The Road ahead for Parrot Security OS
   The Parrot Security OS Project has gone through some considerably large evolutions. ParrotSec team has added over 20 new members, redesigned our internal structures and processes, upgraded our server infrastructure and deployed our own CDN. As we look at where we want to go they realize that we need to automate things more as well as harden Parrot Security OS from boot to browsing.


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