Note: When preparing the announcement for this canary, we discovered a typographical error in the title (the canary number “025” had not been updated to “026”). However, one of the canary signers is not available to re-sign an updated canary before the canary deadline. Rather than invalidate this signer’s signature by updating the canary text immediately, we have decided to proceed with this announcement with the existing canary text, accompanied with this note explaining the error. As soon as all signers are available, the error will be fixed, and the updated canary will be re-signed by all parties. Thank you for your understanding.

We have published Qubes Canary 026. 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 025 ]===---


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

1. The date of issue of this canary is March 7, 2021.

2. There have been 66 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 June 2021. 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


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

Sun, 07 Mar 2021 14:11:21 +0000

Source: DER SPIEGEL - International (
Monitoring the Right Wing: German Officials Seek to Turn up the Heat on the AfD
John Bolton on Halkbank: “Trump Wanted To Make an Impression on Erdoğan”
RT Germany: Berlin Fears Growing Influence of Russian Propaganda Platform
Generation Lockdown: Schoolchildren Around the World Face a Steep Uphill Battle
Boom in Somaliland: A Miracle on the Horn of Africa

Source: NYT > World News (
Colombia Seeks Justice for War Atrocities Via New Court
In Hong Kong, Foreign Tourists Are Replaced by a Local Variety
Pope Francis Meets Iraq’s Top Ayatollah as Both Urge Peace
Chloé Zhao, ‘Nomadland’ Director, Encounters a Backlash in China
In a Land Dominated by Ex-Rebels, Kosovo Women Find Power at the Ballot Box

Source: BBC News - World (
Pope Francis visits regions of Iraq once held by Islamic State
Uighurs: Chinese foreign minister says genocide claims 'absurd'
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe released but faces new court date
Myanmar coup: Party official dies in custody after security raids
US pastor on leave after Melania Trump 'trophy wife' comments



[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!