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Tor's Tails software gets torn apart by researchers

Edward Snowden's operating system of choice isn't as secure as once thought
Thu Jul 24 2014, 11:02
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SECURITY OUTFIT Exodus Intelligence has reported that the Tails operating system is as accessible as the rest, and called the idea of communications privacy a "fairy tale".

Tails is the Tor Project's operating system and according to the information on the Tor website it "aims" to preserve "your privacy and anonymity,".

Exodus, under the headline Silver Bullets and Fairy Tails, has taken this on, and reported a number of issues with the software.

"This software was largely popularised due to the fact that it was used by whistleblower Edward Snowden. Since then, the OS has garnered much attention and use by a wide range of those seeking anonymity on the internet," it said.

"By bringing to light the fact that we have found verifiable flaws in such a widely trusted piece of code, we hope to remind the Tails userbase that no software is infallible. Even when the issues we've found are fixed by the Tails team, the community should keep in mind that there are most certainly other flaws still present and likely known to others."

The firm has posted a video that shows its exploit of an I2P vulnerability in action. It shows how it is able to "de-anonymise" a user.

An updated Tails with security improvements was released earlier this week. Exodus said that its exploit worked on that latest release, which is version 1.1.

It added that it would release more information about the exploit once I2P has been updated, and those provisions rolled into Tails.

We have asked the Tor Project to comment. µ

 

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