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Re: [tor-talk] torproject package repository

With that logic, Debian still is too.

> With the exception that their servers are likely to still be rooted.
> James:
>> Duncan:
>>> For future reference, Mint is based on Ubuntu. Find out the
>>> corresponding version that Mint is basing on, and use the Tor Project's
>>> Deb repository for that (this is almost certainly how it has been
>>> configured). I don't know what Mint's policy is but I'd be very
>>> surprised if this was default. Maybe you added it and forgot about it at
>>> an earlier date. I suppose it's possible they have it listed under
>>> additional repositories for the sake of convenience for Mint's users.
>>> A word of warning I'd urge you to take heed of: Mint have had some
>>> severe security issues in the past, both in updating packages (by
>>> default they hold essential security updates such as to the kernel back
>>> for "stability") and issues on their server. In a nutshell, they have
>>> been running a large software project like amateurs and their servers
>>> were accordingly rooted.
>>> They had their servers compromised twice within the last two years, by
>>> means of outdated and ill-configured Wordpress plugins. Their forum
>>> contents, including user details and passwords, were compromised and put
>>> up for sale for a paltry sum on some dodgy website (if I remember the
>>> reporting at the time, this happened more than once); and downloads were
>>> replaced with malicious ISO images that included spyware.
>>> There is no evidence they changed their security practices, so it's
>>> reasonable to suggest that their servers are still compromised, or that
>>> it is so trivial to do so that it will happen again. I would recommend
>>> installing Debian or Ubuntu directly, as both these distributions have
>>> good security practices.
>>>> But the only package that shows up in Mint's software manager is
>>>> "torbrowser-launcher", maintained by Ubuntu Developers
>>>> <ubuntu-devel-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>.
>>>> I was curious if anyone used this torbrowser-launcher, or if
>>>> Torproject devs would highly frown on it?
>>>> Its description:  "helps download & install torbrowser." Doesn't
>>>> mention anything about it verifying TBB signature, which I always do.
>>> Best,
>>> Duncan
>> http://www.infoworld.com/article/3182824/linux/is-linux-mint-a-secure-distribution.html
>> https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2016/02/22/worlds-biggest-linux-distro-infected-with-malware/
>> https://superuser.com/questions/882957/how-to-make-sure-that-repositories-added-to-linux-mint-are-safe-and-secure
>> https://www.linuxmint.com/rel_sarah_cinnamon_whatsnew.php
>> Duncan, I think you're trashing a distro based on what happened in 17.3
>> from overseas. the smart thing is to checksum the download. There are a
>> few articles above that talk about this. and there are two sets that
>> verify the downloads now. So, in fairness, I believe Mint isn't any
>> different than Ubuntu or Debian. Don't forget Debian was vulned a while
>> back too. All of these come from the same place and some of these repos
>> are interchangeable. I think your subjective ideas are simply out of
>> date and wrong now. (P.S., there are more links to prove what I am
>> saying here)
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