[ISN] Firm says vulnerability in Tails contained in I2P component

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9249939/Firm_says_vulnerability_in_Tails_contained_in_I2P_component By Jeremy Kirk IDG News Service July 23, 2014 A vulnerability broker published a video demonstrating one of several flaws it has found in the privacy-focused Tails operating system, which is used by those seeking to make their Web browser harder to trace. Exodus Intelligence of Austin, Texas, said its short clip shows how the real IP address of a Tails user can be revealed using the flaw. The company said it hoped publicizing its findings would serve as a warning to users about putting “unconditional trust” in a software platform. “Users should question the tools they use, they should go even further to understand the underlying mechanisms that interlock to grant them security,” Exodus said in a blog post on Wednesday. Tails is a self-contained, Linux-based operating system and suite of applications that can be carried on a USB stick, an SD card or a DVD. It is designed in part for use on public Internet terminals, protecting a person’s online activity and leaving few digital traces on the computer it runs on. […]




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