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Security Linux News for Aug 14, 2008

  • Set up Your Firewall With Firewall Builder (Aug 14, 2008, 21:34) "Firewall Builder (fwbuilder) is a graphical application that can help you to configure IP traffic filtering. It can compile the filtering policy you define into many specifications, including iptables and various languages used by Cisco and Linksys routers. Separating the actual policy you define and the implementation in this way should let you change what hardware is running your firewall without having to redefine your policy for that platform."

  • Torvalds: Fed up With the 'Security Circus' (Aug 14, 2008, 19:04)
    Network World: "Linus Torvalds, creator of the Linux kernel, says he's fed up with what he sees as a "security circus" surrounding software vulnerabilities and how they're hyped by security people."

  • CIO Reality Check: Linux Security (Aug 14, 2008, 15:04)
    Computerworld: "From my perspective, and in my own opinion, open source software has enjoyed security through lack of widespread adoption. When the market share of any single open source application gets large enough, it will become a target for exploitation."

  • Google Releases an Open Source Cryptography Toolkit (Aug 14, 2008, 12:34)
    OStatic: "Google has just released an open source cryptographic toolkit: Keyczar. The company is aiming to make inherently complex cryptography easier and safer for developers to implement."