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Current Situation[edit]

Introduction[edit]

Whonix ™.org Site Security

This page talks about Whonix ™ online hosting and (non-existing) testing infrastructure.

File Hosting[edit]

Hosted by mirror, downloadable using TLS.

Bug / Feature Request Tracker[edit]

https://phabricator.whonix.org [archive].

(Works much better than github for a project at this scale.)

Testing infrastructure[edit]

  • CI build environment required.
  • Automated Test Suite [1] required.
  • whonixcheck

mailman3[edit]

backend[edit]

mediawiki[edit]

mediawiki advantages[edit]

  • community contribution friendly - flagged revisions - usable way to allow anonymous users to edit and to let admins review changes before these go live
  • sufficient protection from spam
  • seo - plugins provide good OpenGraph meta tags and meta settings (description, images)
  • wiki templates
  • footnotes
  • expand buttons
  • footer
  • mobile view
  • mediawiki markup text file backups (but are not easily importable)
  • short and detailed buttons [archive] (probably not unique to mediawiki)

mediawiki disadvantages[edit]

goals for new website[edit]

  • flat file
  • git based?
  • prose.io (example [archive]) compatible?
  • breadcrumbs navigation?
  • javascript free?
  • CMS free?
  • bootstrap based?
  • mobile friendly
  • illustrative images
  • quick page load times
  • footer links (legal, imprint)!
  • seo

discourse forums[edit]

TODO: archival using httrack?

Security[edit]

See Trust#Trusting_the_Whonix_.E2.84.A2_Website.

DANE TLSA[edit]

quote https://mytechiethoughts.com/linux/implementing-dane-with-certbot-using-lets-encrypt/ [archive]

The problem with regular Let’s Encrypt certificates

As you know, Let’s Encrypt certificates renew every 90 days. This is not a problem in itself, however, the standard procedure is to generate a new private key with each renewal and, thus, an entirely new public key also. This will necessarily change the hashed key value that would appear in our TLSA record meaning that we would have to remember to update our DNS records on each renewal otherwise the wrong key will be specified and no one will trust our site/server/application! We need to tell Let’s Encrypt to re-use our private key so that the public key hash value does NOT change – that way our DNS record remains valid across certificate renewals.

-> https://github.com/letsencrypt/boulder/issues/1882 [archive]

-> https://www.internetsociety.org/blog/2016/01/lets-encrypt-certificates-for-mail-servers-and-dane-part-1-of-2/ [archive]

-> https://www.internetsociety.org/blog/2016/03/lets-encrypt-certificates-for-mail-servers-and-dane-part-2-of-2/ [archive]

See Also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. Port Tails Test Suite [archive] to Whonix ™ or create a new one from scratch.


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