Use Session Session Private Messenger Chat with Kicksecure ™
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How-To: Use Session Private Messenger with Kicksecure ™.
Documentation for this is incomplete. Contributions are happily considered! See this for potential alternatives.
Session Private Messenger Security
- session private messenger does not consider supply chain attacks yet? #2321
- security: NPM found 91 vulnerabilities #2322
- Full discussion and more tickets can be found here.
Install the Session Desktop Client
Security warning: Adding a third party repository and/or installing third-party software allows the vendor to replace any software on your system. Including but not limited to the installation of malware, deleting files and data harvesting. Proceed at your own risk! See also Foreign Sources for further information. For greater safety, users adding third party repositories should always use Multiple Kicksecure ™ to compartmentalize VMs with additional software.
- Kicksecure ™: Perform these steps inside Kicksecure ™.
- Kicksecure ™ for Qubes: Perform these steps inside Qubes
1. Add the Session GPG key to the APT keyrings. 
Securely download the key.
If you are using Kicksecure ™ (
scurl https://deb.loki.network/pub.gpg --output loki.gpg
If you are using a Qubes Template (
kicksecure-16), run.  
scurl --proxy http://127.0.0.1:8082/ https://deb.loki.network/pub.gpg --output loki.gpg
Display the key's fingerprint. 
gpg --keyid-format long --import --import-options show-only --with-fingerprint loki.gpg
Verify the output.
Digital signatures can increase security but this requires knowledge. Learn more about digital software signature verification.
The most important check is confirming the key fingerprint exactly matches the output below. 
Key fingerprint = TODO 
Do not continue if the fingerprint does not match -- this risks using infected or erroneous files! The whole point of verification is to confirm file integrity.
Copy the signing key to the APT keyring folder. 
sudo cp loki.gpg /usr/share/keyrings/loki.gpg
2. Add the Session third-party APT repository. 
echo 'deb [signed-by=/usr/share/keyrings/loki.gpg] tor+https://deb.loki.network bullseye main' | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/loki.list
3. Install Session.
session-desktop. To accomplish that, the following steps A. to D. need to be done.
A. Update the package lists.
sudo apt update
B. Upgrade the system.
sudo apt full-upgrade
C. Install the
apt command line parameter
--no-install-recommends is in most cases optional.
sudo apt install --no-install-recommends session-desktop
The procedure of installing
session-desktop is complete.
The process of installing Session is complete.
- Kicksecure ™: No extra steps required.
- Kicksecure ™ for Qubes: Shutdown
kicksecure-16Template. Restart Kicksecure ™ (
- ↑ https://github.com/oxen-io/session-desktop/issues/1397#issuecomment-754945698
Using Qubes UpdatesProxy (
--proxy http://127.0.0.1:8082/) because Qubes Templates are non-networked by Qubes default and therefore require UpdatesProxy for connectivity. (APT in Qubes Templates is configured to use UpdatesProxy by Qubes default.)
Even more secure would be to download the key Disposable and then
qvm-copyit to the Qubes Template because this would avoid
curl's attack surface but this would also result in even more complicated instructions.
Even more secure would be to display the key in another Disposable because this would protect the Template from
gpg's attack surface but this would also result in even more complicated instructions.
- ↑ Minor changes in the output such as new uids (email addresses) or newer expiration dates are inconsequential.
publish OpenPGP / gpg fingerprint of APT signing key #2309
6636 1D8E 3C96 E41C 6DCB 7051 C499 2CE7 A88D 4262
- ↑ https://forums.whonix.org/t/apt-repository-signing-keys-per-apt-sources-list-signed-by/12302
See this for a comment why
tor+is useful even inside Kicksecure ™.