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Mar 24, 2001, 21:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joab Jackson)

"Later this month, when Linus Torvalds and the other movers and shakers gather for the Linux kernel summit to map out the development course for Linux kernel 2.5, they'll be hit with a proposed modification from an unlikely party -- the U.S. National Security Agency. There, Peter Loscocco, of NSA's Information and Assurance Research group, will propose a mandatory access control (MAC) architecture for the Linux kernel, a piece of code that could go along way toward making the Penguin OS the obvious choice for security-minded businesses and government agencies."

"But will normally open-minded Linux devotees accept code from America's premier spy agency?"

"This month, members of the Maryland Columbia Area Linux Users Group (CALUG) got a peak at Security-Enhanced Linux (SELinux), as the modified-by-NSA version of Linux is called. CALUG coordinator Randy Schrickel, who does some consulting for NSA himself, knew a bit about NSA's work. And because NSA's headquarters at Fort Meade is near Columbia, Schrickel called the agency to ask if someone would be willing to come to the group's meeting to talk about it."

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