Linux Today: Linux News On Internet Time.

More on LinuxToday

SearchOpenSource: Fortifying Linux Against Common Malware

Feb 06, 2006, 07:00 (15 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Justin Korelc, Ed Tittel)

[ Thanks to Jane Walker for this link. ]

"Securing enterprise Linux desktops against hostile code has gotten easier, thanks to Ingo Molnar's work on the NX enabler patch in Linux kernel 2.6.8 and processor-based, page protection mechanisms. The trick is in the execution, and, as usual, the Microsoft way probably is not the right choice.

"Common IT wisdom calls for measuring computational performance by execution cycles and runtime efficiency, so it seems counterintuitive to gauge a processor by what it does not execute. This approach, however, brings a much-needed preventive capability to the desktop arena, one that has been used successfully on servers to fight malware..."

Complete Story

Related Stories: