VeraCrypt 1.25 drops Windows 8.1 and 7, and Mac OS 10.8 and earlier
VeraCrypt 1.25, a new version of open source cross-platform encryption software, is now available. The new version is the first version of the application for over a year; the last version dates back to November 2020 when a patch update for Mac OS X Big Sur was released.
VeraCrypt 1.25 is not yet listed as a download on the official project website, but downloads are available on the project’s SourceForge project page. Note that the GitHub repository has not yet been updated.
The new version of VeraCrypt updates any existing version installed on the system. The system must be restarted after a successful installation because the new driver must be loaded during system startup.
VeraCrypt 1.25 is a major new version that significantly changes the system requirements. The new version of the encryption software adds support for Windows on ARM64, Apple Silicon M1, and OpenBSD, but it also removes support for the following operating systems:
- Windows Vista
- Windows 7
- Windows 8
- Windows 8.1
- Mac OS 10.7
- Mac OS 10.8
The developers reveal that discontinuing support for the Windows versions listed was necessary due to “new requirements for signing driver code.” No rationale was provided for discontinuing support for Mac OS 10.7 and 10.8.
VeraCrypt 1.25 includes support for an MSI installer that administrators can use for silent deployments on supported Windows systems. The caveat is that the MSI installer cannot be used if the system partition is encrypted with VeraCrypt.
The Windows version of VeraCrypt has seen several other improvements. The new version prevents Windows from resizing an encrypted system partition, fixes a memory leak in the EFI boot loader, fixes potential memory corruption in the driver, clears a bootParams variable that may contain sensitive information, and includes a solution to Workaround for an issue that occurs during Windows Feature Updates (maybe the automatic repair issue caused by the bootloader?)
The new version of VeraCrypt for Mac OS X introduces support for Apple’s new Silicon M1 hardware, but it removes support for the two older versions of Mac OS X, Lion (10.7) and Mountain Lion (10.8). Mac version adds support for user interface language using installed XML files.
The Linux, FreeBSD, and OpenBSD versions have mostly seen some fixes.
You can view the full VeraCrypt 1.25 changelog here.
VeraCrypt users who are running versions earlier than Windows 10 of Windows or Mac OS X 10.8 or earlier cannot downgrade to the new version. The latest version, 1.24-Update8 for Mac OS X and 1.24-Update7 for all other supported operating systems will continue to work.
VeraCrypt users who choose to do so may want to check the release notes of newer versions to ensure that none address critical issues, such as vulnerabilities, that could allow third parties to access the encrypted data.
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