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Get to know Linux: AppArmor

Mar 25, 2010, 19:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jack Wallen)

"You’ve heard that Linux is a very secure operating system. You’ve heard it’s practically immune to viruses (practically being the key word). You’ve heard it’s tough to crack. These are all true…and with good reason. Linux is such a strong operating system for two primary reasons – by design and with the help of security systems like AppArmor and SELinux.

"But what is AppArmor? AppArmor is a security module implementation of name-based access controls. In other words, AppArmor protects your system against the exploitation of program flaws and compromises. This protection is done via profiles that will set a program to either “complain” or “enforce” against wrong doing.

"In this article I will show you how to install AppArmor and how to use it to set an application in either “complain” or “enforce” mode."

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