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LCA 2009: Making Linux more secure

Jan 16, 2009, 13:02 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sam Varghese)

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"The play machine is open to anyone to log in and try to break the security. The root password is out in public - this is one of the many ways in which he engages with the wider FOSS community and a way by which he tried to improve what has become the project to which he devotes a considerable amount of time.

"Security Enhanced Linux is a project begun by America's National Security Agency; it comprises a kernel patch to add security features, and patches to applications to allow them to determine the security domain in which to run processes.

"To use Russell's own words, "For example, /bin/login selects the domain for user processes according to configuration files and the security policy database.""

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