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Security Portal: Secure Linux Distributions

Sep 07, 1999, 04:25 (5 Talkback[s])

"Securing your Linux installation is something many administrators do quite well, and you may be among the people who have post-installation checklists to insure that your system is locked down. However, wouldn't it be nice if there was a distribution that automatically installed a secure version of Linux, and wouldn't this be a great thing for inexperienced users and administrators? Of course it would, and of course the Open Source community has several projects underway to provide a secure Linux Distribution."

"The actual goals of the different projects are not all identical, from removing potential vulnerabilities existing in popular Linux distributions to creating an operating system that builds in many forms of encryption. None of these projects seem to have an overtly commercial goal of becoming a dominant Linux distribution and challenging Red Hat, Caldera, Mandrake or SuSE. They seem to be trying to fill a need to raise the bar for operating system security, and the hope is that this research will be absorbed back into major distributions. However, as the need for tight security becomes more apparent among the masses, we believe a totally secure Linux distribution to be a viable market opportunity should the established players not see it."

"The secure Linux projects discussed here are kha0S, Secure Linux and Bastille Linux. Each represents a unique effort to push the envelope of how security is built into Linux."

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