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Old 07-10-2019, 11:42 AM   #1
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Tor browser question


Who uses the Tor browser? On a family member's suggestion, I am trying it. I posted a question about downloading it in the unofficial Tor forum that I found, but the forum seems sparsely used and I have not gotten a response. I have supposed some LQ users probably use Tor.


Anyway, the browser will never finish downloading for me. It says "Signature verification failed. You might be under attack, or there might be a networking problem." Any advice?
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Old 07-10-2019, 11:54 AM   #2
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Never used Tor browser, but have heard of it.

In this case I'd suspect the download site and try to determine if there's an official site you can get it from.

If that is coming from the official site, well ... that's all I got. To me that error appears to already be a virus/malware attempt.
 
Old 07-10-2019, 01:43 PM   #3
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Can you not install it from your distro's package manager?
If not then, to add to the above, have you confirmed how downloads are verified and followed the necessary route?
 
Old 07-10-2019, 10:21 PM   #4
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Can you not install it from your distro's package manager?
If not then, to add to the above, have you confirmed how downloads are verified and followed the necessary route?
I have not. I'm not immediately sure how I would confirm it.

...

Investigating further, I find that the download program can select different mirrors. In case the problem is at the default mirror, I will now try them all until I find one that works. I just hadn't thought of doing this yet.

..
While going through that list, I got another clue. One mirror produced this error message: "The SSL certificate served by http://www.torproject.org is invalid! You may be under attack." Doesn't the first statement indicate the problem is on Tor's end, and I can't necessarily do anything about it?
 
Old 07-11-2019, 12:27 AM   #5
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What that certificate error means is that the certificate provided by the site in some way doesn't match some information contained within it or a certicate you already have. What that means in practice is hard to say.
What Io meant was can't you just "apt install tor" to install it from yoyur distro's repositories?
 
Old 07-11-2019, 12:50 AM   #6
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you ought to inform us at least what did you try to download (url).
An error message itself means almost nothing - and in this case it could also be a fake message too.
 
Old 07-11-2019, 09:55 AM   #7
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What that certificate error means is that the certificate provided by the site in some way doesn't match some information contained within it or a certicate you already have. What that means in practice is hard to say.
What Io meant was can't you just "apt install tor" to install it from yoyur distro's repositories?
It is in my Debian repos, yes; and I expect the repos are where I got it, because I don't remember visiting the Tor website and I can't remember the last time I installed anything manually. It seems I left my brain on autopilot, not putting much thought into downloading the browser. Because I don't really remember, I'll uninstall the Tor launcher and install it all over from the repos, just to say I definitely downloaded it there. ...done...

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Old 07-12-2019, 01:35 PM   #8
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OK, so, just uninstall it and then apt install it and report?
 
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OK, so, just uninstall it and then apt install it and report?
Done. Same error message.
 
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Old 07-13-2019, 09:44 AM   #11
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Done. Same error message.
hmm, in that case I worry about your internet connection or that your OS is out of date. The error you see is not, as advised above, per-se a problem but what you post suggests that either ZtoR is having issues or your connection is.
 
Old 07-13-2019, 10:19 AM   #12
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probably not important, but what is your OS (including version) and what is the version of the tor browser?
 
Old 07-15-2019, 07:14 PM   #13
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MX Linux version 16.1. Tor version...ehh, the terminal says it's 0.2.5.16.
 
Old 07-16-2019, 01:13 AM   #14
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if I need to guess (it looks like) it is an old version and tor just doesn't allow to run that. You need to use the latest one.
 
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Thanks, I'll try it on the latest MX, because yes, 16.1 is not the latest version. The latest MX didn't work perfectly on my old laptop but I am about to build a new desktop computer anyway...
 
  


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