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Security Reviews and Feedback

Security Reviews and Feedback[edit]

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Official expert review[edit]

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?

We are not aware of any serious research about any of such distributions in anonbib. No one like Bruce Schneier for cryptography exists for distribution review.

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.



Any vulnerabilities in Debian packages, which Whonix is based on, also affect(ed) Whonix.


  • On 2012-04-02 on old TorBOX homepage in old TorBOX 0.1.3 a vulnerability was reported by (now) Whonix developer adrelanos. See Old News, 2012-04-02 in History. FIXED
  • No other vulnerabilities have been ever reported by third parties.

Official Whonix Online Profiles[edit]

There are some Official Whonix Online Profiles.

First public discussions[edit]

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 TorBOX article[edit]

Older places of people talking about Whonix[edit]

A section to collect everyone discussing Whonix anywere. It's 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:


October 2012 - Whonix 0.4.5 release announcement[edit]

October 2012 - Discussion[edit]




Sorry, we didn't add any more recent ones. There were simply to many to list them all in time.

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