CopperheadOS

CopperheadOS Updates

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Updates to CopperheadOS

This page is a list of the high level changes we've made to CopperheadOS corresponding to the build date of the release. CopperheadOS releases pre-July 2018 will be updated here in the near future.

Determining build version

Customers can check what version of CopperheadOS they are on by going to Settings -> System -> About -> Build Number.

Updating CopperheadOS

CopperheadOS uses the Copperhead Seamless Updater application to automatically keep devices updated and secured against attack. The Updater application checks for updates to CopperheadOS once a day. Users who would like to pull updates manually can do so by navigating to the Updater menu.

Settings -> System -> Advanced -> System update settings -> Check for updates

License Requirements

CopperheadOS requires an active license purchased through a Copperhead Partner to receive updates and support.

Check your license status from the License menu

Settings -> System -> Advanced -> License Management

CopperheadOS Beta updates

The Beta Release channel allows Copperhead to fine tune updates with the help of our community of partners and enthusiast users. Caution is advised using Beta updates and should not be used on mission-critical devices. To receive Beta release channel updates, navigate to Settings -> System -> Advanced -> System Update Settings -> and change Release channel from "Stable" to "Beta", then tap Check for Updates at the top of the System Update Settings menu.

CopperheadOS Stable Releases

CopperheadOS Release: 11.7.1

  • July Security Patch
  • Dialer won't offer Signal/WhatsApp if the contact does not have them
  • Data-only SIM additions

CopperheadOS Release: 11.6.2

  • Status bar enhancements
  • Network traffic can be displayed on the status bar
  • Bug fixes
    • Panic button has been added back
    • Bluetooth auto-off security fix
    • LicenseChecker caches last known state

CopperheadOS Release: 11.6.1

  • Chromium -> 90.0.4430.210
  • License Management and resale preconfiguration features clean-up
    • A factory reset is now required when OEM Unlocking is enabled
    • Warnings have been added around management of the OEM Unlocking feature regarding data and license integrity
  • SimpleSMS is now available by default for users unable to use Signal

CopperheadOS Release: 11.5.2

  • NextCloud is now available in SetupWizard
    • Restore from backup page now appears after partner integrations
  • Network management features
    • Wi-Fi timeout (Network & Internet -> Wi-Fi -> Wi-Fi preferences -> Advanced)
    • Updated Bluetooth timeout (Settings -> Connected devices)
    • Per-app configurable firewall (Available in App Drawer)
  • Pure black mode, an AMOLED friendly dark mode
  • Global support for clear-text penalties
  • Ripple Self-destruct / emergency wipe

CopperheadOS Release: 11.5.1

  • May Security Patch
  • Chromium -> 90.0.4430.82
  • F-Droid -> 1.12.1
  • Aurora Store is now integrated as a partner
    • Future integration work is forthcoming
  • Users can now see when their license expires
    • Settings -> System -> License Management -> License Expiry

CopperheadOS Release: 11.4.2

  • Permission Hub has been added
    • See how many times applications have requested permissions
    • Show passwords briefly as you type
  • Kernels are now LTS and built from source
  • Seedvault -> 11-1.1
  • Updater 1.0 -> 2.0
    • Updater won't get stuck on finicky Permitted Networks setting
    • Permitted Networks will warn if a connection is Unmetered
    • Download will not occur in the background -> User must accept the download

CopperheadOS Release: 11.4.1

  • April Security Patch
  • Dialer integration for Signal and WhatsApp
    • Long press the call button to call a Signal or WhatsApp contact
    • Begin and access text/SMS conversations with Signal and WhatsApp contacts
    • Dialer will inform users of privacy/security implications on cleartext calls
  • Network and Internet settings have been expanded
    • Set Apps to use specific network types or VPN only
    • Hotspot connections can now use the VPN
  • Updater default Permitted Network setting changed to Any, was Unmetered

CopperheadOS Release: 11.3.2

  • Copperhead License Management
    • Future updates will require an active license
    • Users who opted-in with their Copperhead Sales Partner can activate their license
    • Users without licenses must contact their Copperhead Sales Partner for a license
    • Added License Management screen for current and future license information
  • Pixel 4 lockscreen notifications and dots fixed

CopperheadOS Release: 11.3.1

  • March Security Patch
  • ThemePicker added:
    • Partner integration rebrands and rebranding packages are now available
  • System APNs updated with latest carriers
  • Updated use of Android-Prepare-Vendor

CopperheadOS Release: 2021.02.15

  • CopperheadOS versioning system implemented
    • CopperheadOS section in About Phone
      • Security Flags
      • CopperheadOS Version
  • Updates
    • Chromium -> 88.0.4324.152
    • Exact Calculator -> 12
  • UX enhancements
    • Show Bluetooth device battery level
    • Active Edge installed
    • Keyboard improvements
  • Bluetooth now timeouts after a configured time
  • DUN requirement removed from tethering
  • Bug fixes for CopperheadOS Partnership screen

CopperheadOS Release: 2021.02.02

Samourai Assemble

  • February Security Patch
  • Application Update
    • F-Droid -> 1.11
    • PDFViewer -> 11
  • Bug Fixes
    • Messaging system popping over SetupWizard installation
    • Samourai Wallet repo update cycle pinned to hourly
  • Partner Integration with Samourai Wallet initialized
    • CopperheadOS users can install Samourai Wallet from the SetupWizard screen
    • Samourai Wallet updates automatically from the F-Droid Repo with each new application release

CopperheadOS Release: 2021.01.25

  • SilenceSMS is being deprecated. Please export your messages!
  • Chromium -> 87.0.4280.11
  • Added global Carrier settings
  • Bug fixes:
    • Fixed visual voicemail for US carriers and others
    • Fixed errors with Updater notification upon download
  • Reduced the size of bug reporter attachments

CopperheadOS Release: 2021.01.12

CopperheadOS Release: 2020.12.14

  • December Security Patch
  • Seedvault 1.0.0 -> 10-1.0.0
  • UX Enhancements:
    • Re-added 2 button gesture
    • Users may now set lock-out conditions for the fingerprint sensor
      • Found in Settings -> Security > Max fingerprint attempts
  • Optimized bug reporter compression of reports

CopperheadOS Release: 2020.11.30

  • Chromium -> 87.0.4280.66
    • Google suggestions disabled
    • Form auto-complete disabled
    • Safe browsing disabled by default
  • Bug Fixes
    • Wake from sleep mode (fingerprint, clock)
    • Persistent customization bug fixed
  • Tightening of SELinux policy
  • Add data integrity warning when switching to Beta channel

CopperheadOS Android 11 Release: 2020.11.02

CopperheadOS Release: 2020.10.05

  • Fixed Copperhead Messaging application appearing in the app drawer
  • SetupWizard now has full backup and restore functionality
  • Add warning about SilenceSMS being removed for Android 11

CopperheadOS Release: 2020.09.16

  • Chromium -> 84.0.4147.125
  • Fixed Haptic setting sometimes de-syncing
  • Additional lockscreen privacy settings
  • Customer message regarding ongoing Android 11 work
  • Upgraded Seedvault

CopperheadOS Release: 2020.08.07

  • August security patch
  • Updater provides more notification info
  • Add support for Android live wallpapers
  • Etar -> 1.0.22
  • Chromium -> 84.0.4147.89
    • Google Suggestions have been re-removed by default
  • F-Droid -> 1.9
  • F-Droid Privileged Extension -> 0.2.11
  • Bug Fixes:
    • SetupWizard temporary screen flicker
    • Chromium naming regression

CopperheadOS Release: 2020.07.09

CopperheadOS Release: 2020.06.29

  • Chromium -> 83.0.4103
  • Added SetupWizard for configuration at first boot
  • Rebranded SetupWizard to match Copperhead brand
  • Updated wallpaper
  • Bugreporter
    • New icon
    • Fixed submission to support desk being blocked by spam filters
  • Bug Fixes
    • Bluetooth sound issues
    • Screenshot crashing

CopperheadOS Release: 2020.06.02

CopperheadOS Release: 2020.05.22

  • Chromium -> 81.0.4044.138
  • Bug Reporter provides a suitable email for anonymous requests
  • NextCloud fixes for Seedvault

CopperheadOS Release: 2020.05.05

  • May security patch
  • Seedvault -> 1.0.0
  • Bug Reporter -> 10
  • Updater -> 2.0
  • Background access privacy improvements

CopperheadOS Release: 2020.04.20 👽👌

  • Chromium update -> 81.0.4044.96
  • Re-add Gestures navigation
  • Remove Bluetooth scanning (contact tracing concerns)
  • Disable Google suggestions from Chromium
  • Updater internals revamp
    • Updater provides more feedback on each step
    • Multiple bugs fixed

CopperheadOS Release: 2020.04.09

  • April security patch

CopperheadOS Release: 2020.03.20

  • March security patch
  • Chromium update
    • Hardened Chromium
    • Fixed download bug
    • Trichrome addition
  • Updater additions
    • Updater now accurately warns against downloading over cell data
    • Additional Updater UX for verification process
  • Various F-Droid fixes
  • Various core system updates and optimizations
  • Hardened Crosshatch, Blueline, Bonito and Sargo kernels
  • Included APN settings for all major US, Canada and EU carriers

CopperheadOS Android 10 Release: 2020.02.12

  • December, January and February security patch
  • Chromium -> 80
  • DuckDuckGo is now the default search engine
  • Removed obsolete AOSP applications
  • Beta builds include a Copperhead Bugreporter
  • CopperheadOS Updater fixes
  • Various fixes and optimizations to the Core CopperheadOS system
  • Fixed Camera failing issues
  • MAC fully randomizes on association and scanning

CopperheadOS Release: 2019.11.09

  • September, October, November security patch
  • Chromium -> 78
  • Updater fixes: caching, file notification
  • New messaging system: Customers can now receive on-device notifications from Copperhead
  • Messaging opt-out toggle added

CopperheadOS Release: 2019.08.10

  • August security patch
  • Android Q preparation work
  • New licensing mechanism initialization

CopperheadOS Release: 2019.07.10

  • July security patch
  • Chromium no longer warns about Google Play Services
  • Updater provides user feedback regarding update availability
  • Fixed Updater attempting to download and verify twice

CopperheadOS Release: 2019.06.10

  • June security patch
  • Chromium -> 75

CopperheadOS Release: 2019.05.05

  • May security patch
  • Backup -> 0.3
  • Chromium -> 74
  • Sailfish Kernel -> 3.18.131
  • Walleye Kernel -> 4.4.169
  • Fixed Updater UI for verification
  • Fixed Updater caching

CopperheadOS Release: 2019.04.20

  • Updated Chromium to 73.0.3683.114
  • Implemented April Security Patch
  • Resolved SystemUI lockscreen bug on Pixel and Pixel XL

CopperheadOS Android 9 Release: 2019.03.24

  • Implemented December, January, February and March Security patches
  • Redesigned updater to include pausing/resuming downloads, notification of updates, and progress bars
  • Introduced “Security Flags” section with information about current device security state
  • Updated Backup application to 0.3.0
  • Introduced backup encryption
  • Updated to Chromium 72
  • Updated Etar Calendar to 1.0.14
  • Decoupled Etar Calendar from OS release key to allow for updates from F*Droid
  • Introduced To-do agenda
  • Added Project Treble configurations to kernels
  • Moved security settings backend to secure settings storage

CopperheadOS release 2018.12.18

CopperheadOS release 2018.11.11

  • Updated to November security patch level
  • Upgraded Chromium to 70
  • Upgraded Etar Calendar to 1.0.13
  • Decoupled F-Droid from the OS release key for faster releases
  • Upgraded F-Droid to 1.4
  • Fixed issue with Dialer and Contacts

CopperheadOS release 2018.10.24

  • Updated to October security patch level
  • Upgraded Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL kernels to 4.4.162
  • Upgraded Pixel and Pixel XL kernels to 3.18.124

CopperheadOS release 2018.09.18

  • Updated to September security patch level
  • Added Wireguard kernel driver for future VPN work
  • Added backup application for GUI backups

CopperheadOS release 2018.07.07

  • Updated to July security patch level
  • Added glue wrapper scripts to assist in building (check script/)
  • Changed update domain
  • Added Pixel 2 XL wallpaper