Dear Qubes Community,

We have published Qubes Canary #18. The text of this canary is reproduced below. This canary and its accompanying signatures will always be available in the Qubes Security Pack (qubes-secpack).

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                    ---===[ Qubes Canary #18 ]===---


The Qubes core developers who have digitally signed this file [1]
state the following:

1. The date of issue of this canary is January  8, 2019.

2. There have been 45 Qubes Security Bulletins published so far.

3. The Qubes Master Signing Key fingerprint is:

    427F 11FD 0FAA 4B08 0123  F01C DDFA 1A3E 3687 9494

4. No warrants have ever been served to us with regard to the Qubes OS
Project (e.g. to hand out the private signing keys or to introduce

5. We plan to publish the next of these canary statements in the first
two weeks of April 2019. Special note should be taken if no new canary
is published by that time or if the list of statements changes without
plausible explanation.

Special announcements

Simon Gaiser (aka HW42) joined the Qubes Security Team. More details:

Disclaimers and notes

We would like to remind you that Qubes OS has been designed under the
assumption that all relevant infrastructure is permanently
compromised.  This means that we assume NO trust in any of the servers
or services which host or provide any Qubes-related data, in
particular, software updates, source code repositories, and Qubes ISO

This canary scheme is not infallible. Although signing the declaration
makes it very difficult for a third party to produce arbitrary
declarations, it does not prevent them from using force or other
means, like blackmail or compromising the signers' laptops, to coerce
us to produce false declarations.

The news feeds quoted below (Proof of freshness) serves to demonstrate
that this canary could not have been created prior to the date stated.
It shows that a series of canaries was not created in advance.

This declaration is merely a best effort and is provided without any
guarantee or warranty. It is not legally binding in any way to
anybody. None of the signers should be ever held legally responsible
for any of the statements made here.

Proof of freshness

$ date -R -u
Tue, 08 Jan 2019 03:18:51 +0000

$ feedstail -1 -n5 -f '{title}' -u
Avi Loeb on the Mysterious Interstellar Body 'Oumuamua: 'Thinking About Distant Civilizations Isn't Speculative'
The Year of Populism: Europe's Right Wing Takes Aim at the EU
Women in Startups: 'The Most Successful Teams Are Diverse Teams'
Fergus Falls: A Fantastic Town
The Claas Relotius Affair: DER SPIEGEL's Reaction to U.S. Ambassador's Criticism

$ feedstail -1 -n5 -f '{title}' -u
Philippines Dispatch: Where 518 Inmates Sleep in Space for 170, and Gangs Hold It Together
Migrants’ Despair Is Growing at U.S. Border. So Are Smugglers’ Profits.
Poland Cracks Down on Escape Rooms After Diversion Turns Deadly
Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s Leader, Visits China
Fleeing Saudi Woman, Facing Deportation, Is Allowed to Remain in Thailand

$ feedstail -1 -n5 -f '{title}' -u
North Korea's Kim Jong-un visits China's Xi Jinping
Ex-Nissan boss says he is wrongly accused
Guatemala expels UN-backed anti-corruption commission
Yellow vests: France to crack down on unsanctioned protests
Kevin Spacey in court to face charges of groping teenager

$ feedstail -1 -n5 -f '{title}' -u
North Korea leader visits China after warning of alternate path to U.S. talks
Myanmar's civilian, military leaders meet, vow to "crush" Rakhine rebels
Guatemala to shut down U.N. anti-corruption body early
Trump, Trudeau agree to press China on detained Canadians: Ottawa
White House says Trump position unchanged as Syria withdrawal plans slow

$ curl -s '' |\
  python3 -c 'import sys, json; print(json.load(sys.stdin)['\''blocks'\''][10]['\''hash'\''])'


[1] This file should be signed in two ways: (1) via detached PGP
signatures by each of the signers, distributed together with this
canary in the qubes-secpack.git repo, and (2) via digital signatures
on the corresponding qubes-secpack.git repo tags. [2]

[2] Don't just trust the contents of this file blindly! Verify the
digital signatures!