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Information Security Magazine: The EROS Alternative, Interview with Jonathan Shapiro

Feb 14, 2000, 01:14 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rick Smith)

"Jonathan Shapiro, Ph.D., is the key designer of EROS, a small, capabilities-based open-source operating system notable for its secure architecture. Shapiro began work on EROS as a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania along with colleagues Sam Weber, Norm Hardy, Jonathan Smith and Mike Berry. Shapiro is now a member of the research staff in the Pervasive Computing Department at IBM's Thomas J. Watson Research Laboratories in New York, where he works on secure and reliable operating systems."

"When it comes to open-source operating systems, most people think exclusively of Linux and OpenBSD. But there's another open-source OS whose architecture may be more secure than either of them...."

"ISM: People don?t convert from a mostly working system unless there?s a good reason. What will cause the change?"

"SHAPIRO: The main reasons are liability and new applications. On the one hand, lawyers are gearing up to go after insecure vendors, and on the other, there are new kinds of applications in the e-commerce space that we can?t safely deploy on today?s commodity operating systems. Customers need and want these new applications."

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