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The Register: NSA preps Spook Linux 0.1

Jan 08, 2001, 22:07 (16 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Leyden)

"The ultra-secretive US spy agency, the National Security Agency (NSA), has released a prototype for an ultra-secure version of the Linux operating system."

"Developed in co-operation with industry research partners, the prototype includes enhancements to Linux which provide stronger protection against the bypassing of application security mechanisms and greater limits on the damage that can be caused by malicious or flawed applications...."

"The prototype was developed using the 2.2.12 kernel, and has not being updated with the latest stable kernel release. So far the system supports only the x86 architecture and has only been tested on the Red Hat 6.1 distribution."

"NSA is presenting this system under the terms of the GNU General Public License with the goal of working with the Linux community to refine these enhancements for eventual inclusion into Linux."

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