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title: Parrot 4.6 release notes
date: 2019-04-26T09:32:40+00:00
author: Lorenzo "Palinuro" Faletra
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# Parrot 4.6 development notes
We are proud to announce the release of Parrot 4.6, an important Parrot project update that came out after 3 months of heavy development.
# Parrot Security KDE Edition
After many user requests, we finally developed a Security edition featuring the KDE Plasma desktop environment.
Parrot now offers both MATE and KDE images for its Home and Security editions.
![parrot security kde](../img/parrot-4.6-kde-security.jpg)
## Appearence updates
Our design team developed a new graphic concept for Parrot 4.6,
which now includes a brand new boot splash animation and a new desktop background.
desktop-base and parrot-wallpapers were updated to reflect such changes and include the new Parrot appearence.
Themes and Icons are still the old ones.
# APT now enforces https
We modified our APT implementation to support https-to-http downgrades.
This allowed us to configure our repository as https by default.
Parrot 4.6 is now configured to serve signed index files via https by default,
and the mirror redirector is configured to redirect traffic to its https mirrors when available.
In case a https mirror is not available, the packages are downloaded by fallback http mirrors, but APT is made to verify the signatures.
In other debian-based systems and in previous Parrot versions, mirrors use 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 decribed on [this website -](, but we are working to make the downloads more secure, and make harder for bad providers to track user activities (i.e. knowing if a user is installing a specific software).
# Anonsurf adds OpenNIC support
Anonsurf now integrates a new option to reconfigure the system DNS servers to use the 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 features](../img/parrot-4.6-opennic.png)
# Minor updates
## better snap package support
now shown in the applications menu by default
## updated apparmor and firejail profiles
Sandboxed applications are now more stable and reliable than before, and we are pushing forward
our custom profiles development and testing.
## better vpn support
network-manager now integrates all the available vpn plugins by default
## matrix and
revolt matrix client now replaces dino-im xmpp client.
MATRIX is a very powerful and advanced federated instant messaging protocol, and we are working to move
our community to it.
## reverse engineering news
While we evaluate the inclusion of NSA's Ghidra, we decided to include Cutter, a 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 the Parrot reverse engineering capabilities to a new level.
## improved drivers support
Parrot 4.6 includes the Linux 4.19 kernel includes security patches, performance improvements and a better hardware support.
Moreover Parrot 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.
## tool updates
* airgeddon
* bettercap
* metasploit
* beef
* burpsuite
* dradis
* fern
* mimikatz
## development support improved
* updated gcc and clang
* updated java
* improved devel metapackages
* nodejs 10.15 from 8.11
* dbeaver as default database manager
* vscodium official website
## other system updates
* mate stability updates
* firefox 65
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