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A Seatbelt for Server Software: SELinux Blocks Real-World Exploits

Feb 26, 2008, 10:45 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Don Marti)

"Linux security experts are reporting a growing list of real-world security situations in which the US National Security Agency's SELinux security framework contains the damage resulting from a flaw in other software. These so-called 'mitigations' are showing that a Linux feature that began as an esoteric security measure is starting to prove its worth.

"The US National Security Agency first published SELinux in 2000, and Linus Torvalds accepted it into the mainstream kernel in 2002, but for much of the time since then it has been largely of academic interest..."

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