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Any reason not to delete https://www.whonix.org/wiki/Deprecated?

Reason: https://www.whonix.org/wiki/Special:SpecialPages has many reports such as for example https://www.whonix.org/wiki/Special:WantedPages. Easy tools to get clear overviews of what’s broken in the wiki. wiki/Deprecated shows a lot stuff that needs fixing but then isn’t worth fixing as currently not needed.

Maybe a better way to keep it would be to clear the page i.e. to remove all contents with nothing. Then it would be more accessible in the wiki history if needed again.

Viewing these special pages requires user account at least. Maybe even admin account. Deactivated for anon-users to reduce server load (some automated bots kept comparing every wiki history revision with every other wiki history revision which expands exponentially).

Thank you! However, to avoid duplicated discussion, I’d suggest for next time to move the existing post to a new forum topic (+ edit if desired). Can I delete it from here?

Sure - was looking for the move button, but couldn’t see it. :slight_smile:

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We rarely go back and use any of that material there, so I think you can clear out the attic and either a) delete it all or b) delete the page entirely.

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Great, done. :slight_smile:

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I don’t think we properly referenced Rowhammer attacks anywhere? Where should this go?

It turns out DDR4 ain’t so protected after all.

Rowhammer exploits that allow unprivileged attackers to change or corrupt data stored in vulnerable memory chips are now possible on virtually all DDR4 modules due to a new approach that neuters defenses chip manufacturers added to make their wares more resistant to such attacks.

Rowhammer attacks work by accessing—or hammering—physical rows inside vulnerable chips millions of times per second in ways that cause bits in neighboring rows to flip, meaning 1s turn to 0s and vice versa. Researchers have shown the attacks can be used to give untrusted applications nearly unfettered system privileges, bypass security sandboxes designed to keep malicious code from accessing sensitive operating system resources, and root or infect Android devices, among other things.

Research published on Monday presented a new Rowhammer technique. It uses non-uniform patterns that access two or more aggressor rows with different frequencies. The result: all 40 of the randomly selected DIMMs in a test pool experienced bitflips, up from 13 out of 42 chips tested in previous work from the same researchers.

“We found that by creating special memory access patterns we can bypass all mitigations that are deployed inside DRAM,” Kaveh Razavi and Patrick Jattke, two of the research authors, wrote in an email. “This increases the number of devices that can potentially be hacked with known attacks to 80 percent, according to our analysis. These issues cannot be patched due to their hardware nature and will remain with us for many years to come.”

Considering network-based attacks are feasible, this is a major issue to put it mildly i.e. they don’t need local access to your machine or to fool you into running dodgy code on websites or via apps.

This is a hacker’s delight for advanced adversaries since it blows apart any sandboxing, VM separation etc.

See:

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Existing DisposableVMs risk leaking various information (a known problem) → https://github.com/QubesOS/qubes-issues/issues/4972

Some Whonix users will probably want a “paranoid mode” or similar for launching of disposable Whonix-WS using this method? →

https://github.com/unman/notes/blob/master/Really_Disposable_Qubes.md

Disposable qubes

In normal use qubes are created on, and changes written to, the disk. There is also extensive logging and signs of the qube are scattered in a number of places. Sometimes, you want to create a qube which does not leave these traces.
You can do this relatively simply, by creating a RAM based storage area and using it for a new storage pool. The qube will persist until the RAM disk is deleted, or the machine is shut down.

A script like this in dom0, will create tmpfs RAM disk, create a new storage pool, and create a new qube using that pool.

You can remove the qube, and some of the associated artifacts by script in dom0.

None of this is forensically reliable, although it is better than using a standard pool. (Refer to this issue, particularly if you are using Xfce, and check the associated issues.) Also, the scripts themselves will be on the disk, which may require some explanation.

Given it is scripts in dom0, users would have to do that manually, but it’s probably worth referencing this procedure here for advanced users (although I haven’t yet tested it for Whonix 16):

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Yes.

Could you please e-mail me? @torjunkie

Changing the system font in Whonix WS? - User Support - Qubes OS Forum

I installed a messaging app in whonix-ws-16 to message over Tor. Typically I use a Debian template for the messenger app but decided to use the whonix ws template for a more robust Tor connection.

The messaging app uses the default system font to display emojis. The current default whonix font is extremely limited. Even a simple :slight_smile: displays as a white box.

Is the default whonix workstation font customized from within the VM template or is there a setting in dom0?

Is there a relatively secure way to install a custom font or should it be avoided?

I presume we should warn somewhere to not install custom fonts i.e. might be a fingerprinting vector? But I’m not sure - I gather it is a legitimate risk i.e. detectable by external sites etc?

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Indeed. It may or may not be remotely fingerprintable but consider the user is prefering this font in non-anonymous and anonymous VMs then reduces anonymity set by posting screenshots with support requests for both. In either case, for an abundance of caution it is best avoided to even avoid the question.

Kicksecure homepage, wiki and forums is now online.

Sorting out Whonix vs Kicksecure wiki contents will be a major effort. Design:

  • Distinct project branding Whonix vs Kicksecure to avoid users confusing one for the other.
  • The goal is to define “Kicksecure is an upstream of Whonix”. The same in other words: “Whonix is based on Kicksecure.”
  • Minimal duplication of Kicksecure vs Whonix wiki contents.
  • Kicksecure wiki having everything related security. Nothing on anonymity except perhaps a mention “Users interested in anonymity might have a look at Whonix, which is based on Kicksecure.”:
  • Whonix wiki having everything related to anonymity.
  • Kicksecure wiki being independent.
  • Whonix wiki linking to Kicksecure wiki for security related topics.
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