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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Aims For Government-Ready Security

Nov 17, 2010, 20:05 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sean Michael Kerner)

"During Red Hat's official launch event for their new Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 (RHEL 6) release, executives from the company focused heavily on new performance gains. While performance and scalability are key elements of RHEL 6, so too is security.

"With RHEL 6, Red Hat is debuting a number of new features into its enterprise Linux, including new virtual security services as well as the System Security Services Daemon. Security services aren't the only area of RHEL 6 built for security, as all RHEL 6 packages now benefit from a new 4096-bit RSA hardware signing key as well.

""We have applied this most stringent level of encryption and we use it ourselves for the package signing for all new packages in RHEL 6," Tim Burke, vice president of RHEL engineering at Red Hat told InternetNews.com " It's using the best technology we have."

"The new push for 4096-bit is partially driven by Red Hat's increasing engagement with government contracts that have stringent requirements."

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