Tor integration in Whonix

Today, we release fixing several issues including a High severity security issue only affecting the 0.4.7.x series. You can track this issue with TROVE-2022-001 and CVE-2021-38385.

Please note that at the moment, the full details of the security issue are not yet public as we are waiting on the OS distribution packages to be updated and the network to be on its upgrade path.

This security issue is not affecting the safety of the tor host system itself and is categorized as a Denial of Service thus affecting performance and possibly anonymity.

We STRONGLY recommend anyone on an earlier version to upgrade as soon as possible to tor (this release). OS packages are on the way!

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tor not yet available from - refer to Tor integration in Whonix - #19 by Patrick on how to check that has changed. Once available, I upload to

tor is now in all repositories.

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Prerequisite knowledge: Reading above linked announcements. Therefore skipping (introduced new urgency bug) and waiting for

(Tor integration in Whonix - #19 by Patrick)

tor is now in the testers repository.

This is in all repositories for a while now. (Since Whonix - for VirtualBox - Point Release!)

[tor-announce] Tor stable release

This is in the testers repository since a few days.

This is now in the stable repository.

do i need to reinstall whonix images or can i just run apt update ?

See updating documentation:

(Whonix is based on Kicksecure.)

[tor-announce] Tor stable release and

Above is now in the stable-proposed-updates and testers repository.

In Debian 12 bookworm, Whonix can switch

  • from: the currently used “Versions are downloaded from, verified to work, and then migrated to
  • to: “Use the Tor LTS version from the official Debian package repository:”

This is because while The Tor Project is working on Arti, no major new releases for the old C programming language based Tor package are to be expected.

This is now in the stable repository.

[FAILED] to start Anonymizing overlay network for TCP - Tor fails to start a few times before succeeding to start

Whonix 17 (Debian bookworm based) will switch back to acquire Tor from the usual

1. Use the Tor LTS version from the official Debian package repository:

Updated Tor integration in Whonix ™ Development Notes chapter Tor Version in Whonix wiki just now.

ship systemd-tmpfiles /usr/lib/tmpfiles.d/tor.conf to fix permission issues