Whonix Anonymous Operating System Version 11 Released!

Whonix is an operating system focused on anonymity, privacy and security. It’s based on the Tor anonymity network, Debian GNU/Linux and security by isolation. DNS leaks are impossible, and not even malware with root privileges can find out the user’s real IP.

Whonix consists of two parts: One solely runs Tor and acts as a gateway, which we call Whonix-Gateway. The other, which we call Whonix-Workstation, is on a completely isolated network. Only connections through Tor are possible.

Whonix for Qubes

https://www.whonix.org/wiki/Qubes

Whonix for KVM

https://www.whonix.org/wiki/KVM

Whonix for VirtualBox

https://www.whonix.org/wiki/VirtualBox

If you want to upgrade existing Whonix version using Whonix’s APT repository

Special instructions required:
https://www.whonix.org/wiki/Upgrading_Whonix_10_to_Whonix_11

Edit 1: There will be no more support for upgrading Whonix 10 to Whonix 11 after October 17 2015.

If you want to upgrade existing Whonix version from source code

See https://www.whonix.org/wiki/Dev/BuildDocumentation.

If you want to build images from source code

See https://www.whonix.org/wiki/Dev/BuildDocumentation.

Call for Help

– If you know javascript, python, shell scripting (/bin/bash) and/or linux sysadmin, please join us!
– Contribute: https://www.whonix.org/wiki/Contribute
– Donate: https://www.whonix.org/wiki/Donate

Changelog between Whonix 10 and Whonix 11

See following two blog posts that were calls for testing, these contain the changelogs. Whonix 11.0.0.3.0 has been blessed stable and released as Whonix 11.

https://www.whonix.org/blog/whonix-11-testers-wanted
https://www.whonix.org/blog/testers-wanted-rc-11-0-0-3-0

Forum Discussion:

https://www.whonix.org/forum/index.php/topic,1520.0.html

Posted in Important

Security Advisory: Firefox exploit found in the wild

You are advices to set configure the following setting in Tor Browser in Whonix:
Edit -> Preferences -> Applications ->Portable Document Format (PDF) -> Save File

You are advices to update as soon as updates are available. This blog post will be updated as new information come in.

(Do that same with Firefox / Iceweasel if you are using that elsewhere.)

Problem description at Mozilla Firefox blog:
https://blog.mozilla.org/security/2015/08/06/firefox-exploit-found-in-the-wild/

Impact in Whonix:
– Unless you were using AppArmor, local files within the VM would be accessible.

Vulnerable browsers:
Tor Browser
– Firefox
– Iceweasel

Tor Browser upstream Bug report:
https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/16744

Whonix forum discussion:
https://www.whonix.org/forum/index.php/topic,1495.0.html

Posted in Important

Download Page Changes

The Whonix download page was recently updated to reflect the supported platforms that have been available for some time.

Please check it out:

https://www.whonix.org/wiki/Download#Landing

Posted in Website, Wiki-Updates

Documentation Updates

The documentation on the wiki saw many changes lately. Thanks to all who contributed.

Changelog:
https://www.whonix.org/wiki/KVM
https://www.whonix.org/wiki/KVM/Installation_Screenshots
https://www.whonix.org/wiki/VoIP
https://www.whonix.org/wiki/Hidden_Services_Guides
https://www.whonix.org/wiki/Hidden_Services#Hidden_Service_Authentication
https://www.whonix.org/wiki/Tor_Browser#Local_Connections
https://www.whonix.org/wiki/Tunnel_Proxy_or_SSH_or_VPN_through_Tor#Tor_Browser_Proxy_Configuration
https://www.whonix.org/wiki/Whonix_Signing_Key#Download_the_key
https://www.whonix.org/wiki/Install_Software
https://www.whonix.org/wiki/Warning#Avoid_non-Free_Software
https://www.whonix.org/wiki/Warning#Avoid_Unsigned_Software
https://www.whonix.org/wiki/Tor
https://www.whonix.org/wiki/Comparison_Of_Tor_with_CGI_Proxies,_Proxy_Chains,_and_VPN_Services#Comparison_of_Tor_and_VPN_services
https://www.whonix.org/wiki/E-Mail#Icedove_.28Mozilla_Thunderbird.29_with_Enigmail_.2B_TorBirdy
https://www.whonix.org/wiki/Mixmaster#Nymserver_How-To
https://www.whonix.org/wiki/OnionCat
https://www.whonix.org/wiki/I2P
https://www.whonix.org/wiki/YaCy

Posted in Wiki-Updates

What’s in a Nym?

I’ve recently taken to documenting and simplifying the steps for using Mixmaster with Nymservers – a setup that allows sending and receiving email pseudonymously without reliance on a service provider. Mixmaster comes with Whonix. Feel free to give it a try and post feedback in the forums.

Years later, the Mixmaster remailer network is still around even if its not what it used to be. The focus has since shifted from Mixmaster to Tor because it can anonymize a variety of communications and not just email, also it can do so efficiently, meeting high performance demands. However, as long as the legacy SMTP mail protocol hangs around, Mixmaster remains a very powerful and relevant option.

Sending pseudonymous mail promises to be simpler still thanks to Nymphemeral, a nym management Swiss army-knife GUI, written in Python. Its built around next-generation Nymservers that support Perfect Forward Secrecy.

Posted in Wiki-Updates

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- Whonix Staff