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LinuxNews.com: Close Enough for Government Work? A Brief History of Linux Security Issues

Sep 18, 2000, 15:54 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michelle Head)

"Linux is up against some stern arguments against its use in secure government computing--arguments open source security experts are happily blowing apart."

"The open source development method itself came under fire in a recent article in Government Computer News titled "Linux not ready for DOD prime time." The article's author, Mark A. Kellner, postulates that the open source method makes Linux a gamble for secure computing needs: "Proponents want to keep the Linux core open by posting source code online and letting anyone have a crack at modifying it, which could represent a security compromise for military systems for command, control, communications, computers and intelligence," he wrote."

"The article also points out that Linux does not currently meet the Department of Defense's (DOD's) criteria and is not on the government's list of evaluated products compiled by the National Computer Security Center (NCSC). Microsoft is currently the only general-purpose operating system (OS) found on that list."

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