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<strong>Note to users who created volumes with 1.17 version of VeraCrypt or earlier: </strong><br/>
<span style="color:#ff0000;">To avoid hinting whether your volumes contain a hidden volume or not, or if you depend on plausible deniability when using hidden volumes/OS, then you must recreate both the outer and hidden volumes including system encryption and hidden OS, discarding existing volumes created prior to 1.18a version of VeraCrypt.</span></li>
-<p><strong style="text-align:left">1.24-Beta1 </strong>(January 21<sup>th</sup>, 2019):</p>
+<p><strong style="text-align:left">1.24-Beta2 </strong>(January 31<sup>th</sup>, 2019):</p>
+<li><strong>All OSs:</strong>
+<li>Increase password maximum length to 128 bytes in UTF-8 encoding.</li>
+<li>Speed optimization of XTS mode on 64-bit machine using SSE2 (up to 10% faster).</li>
+<li>Fix detection of CPU features AVX2/BMI2. Add detection of RDRAND/RDSEED CPU features. Detect Hygon CPU as AMD one.</li>
<li>MBR Bootloader: dynamically determine boot loader memory segment instead of hardcoded values (proposed by neos6464)</li>
<li>MBR Bootloader: workaround for issue affecting creation of hidden OS on some SSD drives.</li>
<li>Fix issue related to Windows Update breaking VeraCrypt UEFI bootloader.</li>
-<li>Support Multi-boot for EFI system encryption.</li>
+<li>Several enhancements and fixes for EFI bootloader:</li>
+<li>Implement timeout mechanism for password input. Set default timeout value to 3 minutes and default timeout action to "shutdown".</li>
+<li>Implement new actions "shutdown" and "reboot" for EFI DcsProp config file.</li>
+<li>Enhance Rescue Disk implementation of restoring VeraCrypt loader.</li>
+<li>Fix ESC on password prompt during Pre-Test not starting Windows.</li>
+<li>Add menu entry in Rescue Disk that enables starting original Windows loader.</li>
+<li>Better support Multi-boot for EFI system encryption.</li>
<li>New security features:</li>
<li>Erase system encryption keys from memory during shutdown/reboot to help mitigate some cold boot attacks</li>
<li>Add option when system encryption is used to erase all encryption keys from memory when a new device is connected to the system.</li>
<li>Add new driver entry point that can be called by applications to erase encryption keys from memory in case of emergency.</li>
+<li>Use CPU RDRAND or RDSEED as an additional entropy source for our random generator when available.</li>
<li>Add mount option that allows mounting a volume without attaching it to the specified drive letter.</li>
<li>Update libzip to version 1.5.1</li>
<li>Do not create uninstall shortcut in startmenu when installing VeraCrypt. (by Sven Strickroth)</li>