[Whonix-devel] GNU Guix Questions

ng0 contact.ng0 at cryptolab.net
Mon Mar 6 18:15:04 CET 2017

Hi bancfc,

On 17-03-06 16:14:08, bancfc at openmailbox.org wrote:
> Hi Guix devs, I am a privacy distro dev and we are looking at using Guix in
> our OS. I have a few questions:
> * Is the Guix package archive available from a Tor hidden service? There are
> many advantages of updating a system over Tor such as preventing a target
> adversary from fingerprinting and targeting hosts that run vulnerable
> packages and protecting systems in case the package manager has a security
> bug. Debian and Tor now provide onion mirrors for their packages. Can you
> please consider doing the same?

As far as I know this might be discussed currently at GNU sysadministration level,
at least that's the last info I got when I suggested this last week to
There is an onion mirror which is run by another community. It doesn't
mirror alpha.gnu.org yet (where guix binaries are located), but it plans
to do so. I need to get in touch with the community to ask wether they
would be okay with more bandwidth.
Do you have an estimation on how high your usage would be for the guix
download from the onion mirror?

> * Does Guix defend against the variety of attacks described in the TUF
> threat model document? (described in link below) How resilient is it against
> key compromise? (TUF was designed from the ground up to provide a highly
> resilient and secure update framework as a drop in replacement to crappy
> standalone updaters - a problem that's become very serious for proprietary
> OSes. The security research and implementation behind it are an excellent
> rubric that one can apply to any updater/package manager.)
> https://github.com/theupdateframework/tuf/blob/develop/SECURITY.md
> * How does one setup a third part package archive? After looking at the
> manual I believe its as simple as fetching source from one's git repo?
> Thanks
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