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Secure Distributed Network Time Synchronization

Time keeping is crucial for security, privacy, and anonymity. Sdwdate is a Tor friendly replacement for rdate and ntpdate that sets the system's clock by communicating via onion encrypted TCP with Tor onion webservers.

At randomized intervals, sdwdate connects to a variety of webservers and extracts the time stamps from http headers (RFC 2616). Using sclockadj option, time is gradually adjusted preventing bigger clock jumps that could confuse logs, servers, Tor, i2p, etc.

This package contains the sdwdate time fetcher and daemon. No installation on remote servers required. To avoid conflicts, this daemon should not be enabled together with ntp or tlsdated.

(This package description has been automatically extracted and mirrored from debian/control.)

Manual Page

See also man folder for more information.

Generic Readme

Readme Version

Generic Readme Version 0.3

Cooperating Anonymity Distributions

Generic Readme beings here. Have a look into the man sub folder (if available).

The functionality of this package was once exclusively available in the Whonix (github) anonymity distribution.

Because multiple projects and individuals stated interest in various of Whonix's functionality (examples: Qubes OS (discussion); piratelinux (discussion)), it's best to share as much source code as possible, it's best to share certain characteristics (such as /etc/hostname etc.) among all anonymity distributions) Whonix has been split into multiple separate packages.

Generic Packaging

Files in etc/... in root source folder will be installed to /etc/..., files in usr/... will be installed to /usr/... and so forth. This should make renaming, moving files around, packaging, etc. very simple. Packaging of most packages looks very similar.

How to use outside of Debian or derivatives

Although probably due to generic packaging not very hard. Still, this requires developer skills. Ports welcome!

How to Build deb Package

See comments below and instructions.

  • Replace apparmor-profile-torbrowser with the actual name of this package (equals the root source folder name of this package after you git cloned it).
  • You only need config-package-dev, when it is listed in the Build-Depends: field in debian/control.
  • Many packages do not have signed git tags yet. You may request them if desired.
  • We might later use a documentation template.

How to install in Debian using apt-get

Binary packages are available in Whonix's APT repository. By no means you are required to use the binary version of this package. This might be interesting for users of Debian and derivatives. Note, that usage of this package outside of Whonix is untested and there is no maintainer that supports this use case.

1. Get Whonix's Signing Key.

2. Add Whonix's Signing Key to apt-key.

gpg --export 916B8D99C38EAF5E8ADC7A2A8D66066A2EEACCDA | sudo apt-key add -

3. Add Whonix's APT repository.

echo "deb jessie main" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/whonix.list

4. Update your package lists.

sudo apt-get update

5. Install this package. Replace package-name with the actual name of this package.

sudo apt-get install package-name


Most welcome. Ports, distribution maintainers, developers, patches, forks, testers, comments, etc. all welcome.