Security Reviews and Feedback
- cursory check of TorBOX by creator of JanusVM
- Quote rustybird, author of corridor, a Tor traffic whitelisting gateway
Happy to report no leaks observed, ever.
Official expert review
None, but that doesn't mean anything. There is nothing of that kind about Tails or Liberté Linux as well. Is there even something of that kind about Debian, Ubuntu or Qubes OS?
More food for thought on the audit, users are sometimes asking for. Has GNU wget been audited? What is an audit? Is it an professional company, providing software security audits as a service? Some kind of certification? In the Open Source world, adrelanos hasn't found such a thing. If you know examples, please get in contact or edit this section. Do you expect to come someone reputable come up, say something like "I carefully audited GNU wget and haven't found any security vulnerabilities"? It looks like it works quite the other way around. When someone audits the code and finds nothing wrong, nothing will be reported. On the other hand, if a vulnerability has been found, that's worth some fame. The one who claimed beforehand to have found nothing, however, wouldn't get better reputation.
If you make an audit, please edit this section or get in contact so it will be linked here.
First public discussions
There are a few older threads on the Tor Talk Mailing List about the security of Whonix / transparent proxy.
- [tor-talk] Operating system updates / software installation behind Tor Transparent Proxy"
- [tor-talk] Obtain real IP behind Tor transparent proxy; was: Operating system updates / software installation behind Tor Transparent Proxy
- [tor-talk] Risk with transparent proxy mode [was Re:Operating system updates / software installation behind Tor Transparent Proxy] - Summary: coderman (developer of TorVM / JanusVM) had some concerns, which could be cleared. "Looks fine from a cursory check."
Older places of people talking about Whonix
A section to collect everyone discussing Whonix anywere. It is nice to see what people think and say about Whonix. If they don't give feedback directly, we still have a secondary feedback source. Most links are found through googeling "TorBOX" or "https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/wiki/doc/TorBOX".
Old questions on torproject.org:
- Whonix on wilderssecurity.com; few threads
- ra's blog; Search for "TorBOX that they have".; Negative feedback.
- LulzSec / AntiSecOp: Want to be a ghost on the internet? or google for 'Want to be a ghost on the internet?'; Whonix (TorBOX) is a part of their instructions.
- seclist.us: Whonix V-0.1.3 - Multi-VM anonymity setup using Tor's Transparent Proxy
- reddit (This only applied to 0.1.3, was announced, workaround provided and fixed since 0.2.0)
October 2012 - Whonix 0.4.5 release announcement
- on tor-talk Mailing List - Summary: no answers.
- on debian-derivatives Mailing list - Summary: Mentioned, that if VirtualBox gets exploited, it is game over. This is true and already mentioned in the attack matrix.
October 2012 - Discussion
- Wilders Security Forum: Anonymous operating system Whonix - Summary: only questions, no concern.
- Are hardware serial numbers hidden in TAILS?
- Qubes OS Mailing List: qubes vs whonix virtualization solution - Summary: Qubes OS would be safer than VirtualBox. True. Other than that, no complaints.
- Qubes OS Mailing List: Whonix: VirtualBox vs Qubes OS Summary: agreed, that Qubes OS would be safer than VirtualBox.
- OLD Whonix User Help Forum
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