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Trusted End Node Security

Last Update: 2019-05-22 00:51 UTC

Trusted End Node Security (TENS), previously called Lightweight Portable Security (LPS), is a Linux-based live CD with a goal of allowing users to work on a computer without the risk of exposing their credentials and private data to malware, key loggers and other Internet-era ills. It includes a minimal set of applications and utilities, such as the Firefox web browser or an encryption wizard for encrypting and decrypting personal files. The live CD is a product produced by the United States of America's Department of Defence and is part of that organization's Software Protection Initiative.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 175 (48), 6 months: 156 (59), 3 months: 189 (41), 4 weeks: 171 (43), 1 week: 177 (42)

Average visitor rating: 6.5/10 from 10 review(s).

TENS Summary
Distribution Trusted End Node Security (formerly Lightweight Portable Security (LPS))
Home Page https://www.spi.dod.mil/lipose.htm
Mailing Lists --
User Forums --
Alternative User Forums
Documentation LPS Manual (PDF)
Screenshots DistroWatch Gallery
Download Mirrors https://www.spi.dod.mil/download.htm
Bug Tracker --
Related Websites --
Reviews 1.x: DistroWatchLinux Journal
Where To Buy

Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases announcements with download links and checksums:
 • 2014-10-25: Distribution Release: Lightweight Portable Security 1.5.5
 • 2014-04-14: Distribution Release: Lightweight Portable Security 1.5.1
 • 2012-09-15: Distribution Release: Lightweight Portable Security 1.3.6
 • 2012-06-16: Distribution Release: Lightweight Portable Security 1.3.5
 • 2012-05-04: Distribution Release: Lightweight Portable Security 1.3.4
 • 2012-04-13: Distribution Release: Lightweight Portable Security 1.3.3
 • 2011-09-23: Distribution Release: Linux Portable Security 1.2.4
 • 2011-07-19: Distribution Release: Lightweight Portable Security 1.2.2
 • More TENS releases...

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Feature 1.7.6 1.6.5 1.5.7 1.4.1 1.3.5 1.2.5
Release Date 2019-05-17 2016-05-11 2015-03-20 2013-04-16 2012-06-15 2011-09-27
End Of Life            
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free Free
Image Size (MB) 400-700          
Installation -- -- -- -- -- --
Default Desktop Xfce Xfce Xfce IceWM IceWM IceWM
Package Management -- -- -- -- -- --
Release Model Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed
Office Suite LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice *OO.o *OO.o
Processor Architecture i386 i386 i386 i386 i386 i386
Init Software other other other other other other
Journaled File Systems -- -- -- -- -- --
Multilingual -- -- -- -- -- --
Asian Language Support -- -- -- -- -- --
Full Package List            
Package 1.7.6 1.6.5 1.5.7 1.4.1 1.3.5 1.2.5
abiword (3.0.2)            
alsa-lib (1.2.1)            
ati-driver (18.30)            
bash (5.0)            
bind (9.15.5)            
chromium (78.0.3904.97)            
cups (2.3.0) 2.2.6 1.5.2 1.5.2 1.5.2    
dhcp (4.4.1)            
e2fsprogs (1.45.4)            
firefox (70.0.1) 60.6.3 38.8.0 31.5.0 17.0.4 10.0.5 3.6.22
freetype (2.10.1)            
gcc (9.2.0)            
gimp (2.10.14)            
glibc (2.30) 2.13 2.13 2.13 2.13    
gnome-shell (3.34.1)            
gnucash (3.7)            
gnumeric (1.12.46)            
grub (2.04)            
gtk (3.24.12)            
httpd (2.4.41)            
inkscape (0.92.4)            
k3b (19.08.3)            
kmod (26)            
krita (            
libreoffice (6.3.3) 5.0.6 4.4.7 4.1.5 3.6.5 3.3.0* 3.3.0*
linux (5.3.11) 4.9.141 3.18.31 3.10.58 3.4.20
Package 1.7.6 1.6.5 1.5.7 1.4.1 1.3.5 1.2.5
lxpanel (0.10.0)            
mariadb (10.4.10)            
mate-desktop (1.22.2)            
mesa (19.2.4)            
mysql (8.0.18)            
nautilus (3.34.1)            
NVIDIA (440.31) 285.05.09 285.05.09 285.05.09 285.05.09 285.05.09  
openbox (3.6.1)            
openjdk (13) 8u201 8u91 7u75      
openssh (8.1p1) 7.5p1 7.2p2 6.7p1 6.2p1 6.0p1 5.9p1
openssl (1.1.1d) 1.1.0i 1.0.2f 1.0.0r 1.0.0k 0.9.8x 0.9.8r
perl (5.30.1)            
php (7.3.11)            
plasma-desktop (5.17.3)            
postfix (3.4.7)            
postgresql (12.1)            
Python (3.8.0)            
qt (5.13.2)            
samba (4.11.2) 4.5.15          
systemd (243)            
thunderbird (68.2.2) 60.6.1 38.8.0 31.5.0 10.0.12 10.0.5  
vim (8.1)            
vlc (3.0.8)            
xfdesktop (4.14.1)            
xorg-server (1.20.5) 1.16.2 1.16.2 1.11.4 1.11.4 1.7.1 1.7.1

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Version: 1.7.5
Rating: 9
Date: 2019-04-25
Votes: 1

A very nice OS, have used it for a while and it has worked smoothly. One thing that I've noticed, it still uses Adobe Acrobat Reader as it's PDF reader. Also, live session user is 'guest' by default, I wasn't able to figure out how to elevate privileges; which wouldn't normally be an issue, except that when using an external drive, the file permissions could be such that this functionality may be needed. Lastly, I do appreciate that the government makes a public version of their product available.

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Version: 1.7.5
Rating: 1
Date: 2019-04-07
Votes: 3

Back again...

So I downloaded and installed version 1.7.5 I believe to a USB drive. Or the latest version of this writing.

Yeah, the 'Gubment' produced this. You will find that out very quickly. And I only hope the Military version works better than the 'public' version.

Where to start...

When I attempted to use this version at home on my home made tower, the version flat refused to boot. My tower will run about anything you throw at it but not this. Nope, not even once. But the version did run on my laptop, a HP Envy, which I tested at MacDonalds.

I tried to mount a usb drive encrypted with LUKS. That was a no go. I search for LUKS files but found none. I searched for PGP files also but also found none. Geez.

This version does change the MAC address every time, and I mean every time you connect to the internet. No questions asked, or options for that matter. If you disconnect and then immediately reconnect, the mac changes.

Also, and this is odd too, once I got the browser to work I found I could only click one link before the browser stopped working. I found if I disconnected from the internet, reconnected, I could click one more link in the browser. I tested and retested that and could not the browser to work normally.

And that is far as my patience would take me with this version. Pretty awful and unusable. But then TENS is free and it is from the 'Gubment' too. You get what you pay for...

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Version: 1.7.4
Rating: 5
Date: 2018-02-27
Votes: 6

I have used this on an off for a couple of years.

Overall, I like the concept. It is an easy to use program that is aimed at particular need. That need of on line security and privacy is an area that is growing with each pirate story we read.

But the OS falls way short of its real goal if indeed the USAF has a goal for this.

First, there is no way to lock the computer when one leaves it unattended.

Is very, very difficult to spoof the mac address. That would be a nice feature too.

TOR will not run in the OS. I have tried. It would be nice if it did.

All of the settings are not saved from boot to boot. The OS boots clean every time. I like to really crimp the settings to make the browser, for instance, as secure as possible. It will not save boot marks. Everything has to be reset on the next boot and that is a real pain.

Nothing can be updated either. One has to wait for the next 'Official' release. That is a real shortcoming given how fast things can change on the Internet. A new release is usually months away.

Any communication with the USAF goes down the 'Memory Hole.'

Me thinks the USAF is very responsive to folks needs in the military who use this OS. Why they, the USAF, even bother to put a shadow of what this program could be on line. But it comes from the government. And it is about what a government OS would look and work like.

The upside is the USAF puts the open code out there. If some whizbang wanted to grab the code and 'run with it' this could be a great OS. If...

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