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NSA's Security-Enhanced Linux
yeah, that's right, the National Security Agency
littleman




msg:912660
 6:47 am on Dec 16, 2001 (gmt 0)

It's new to me. The concept is wild, the National Security Agency developing a modified version of Linux with security enhancements and then publish it under the GNU.
[nsa.gov...]

 

ggrot




msg:912661
 6:53 am on Dec 16, 2001 (gmt 0)

The NSA is giving out software that will make things more secure? That is wild. Isn't the NSA built on being able to hack into anyone's systems whenever they want to?

Olaf




msg:912662
 8:19 am on Dec 16, 2001 (gmt 0)

Anyone want to bet on the odds that they will leave a backdoor for themselves?

Oli

toolman




msg:912663
 8:25 am on Dec 16, 2001 (gmt 0)

Appearantly there is more concern over the vulnerability of national security through the use of unsecure and technically inferior products that routinely flood the internet with worthless and harmful packets storms than there is concern about not being able to "crack" into your stuff.

littleman




msg:912664
 9:25 am on Dec 16, 2001 (gmt 0)

That's the thing Olaf, it is open source. Everyone is free to examine the code, if there is a back door it would be discovered.

Olaf




msg:912665
 9:34 am on Dec 16, 2001 (gmt 0)

It was an attempt at a joke very early sunday morning (or saturday night).

I know that if something like that was tried on linux it would be discovered and published sooner or later.

I have enough of default.ida and .../xxx/..cmd.exe entries in my logs to realise the need for a govermental release of an os/webserver is very much needed.

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