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NSA releases new version of Linux software

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Interesting! Why am I thinking it's like letting the fox guard the hen house? :wink:

NSA releases new version of Linux software

The U.S. National Security Agency has released its own version of the open-source computer operating system Linux, which offers enhanced security for users.

Security-Enhanced Linux (info & free download)
http://www.nsa.gov/selinux/
 

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LMAO who is going to be stupid enough to install that??? I am sure the NSA has backdoors in may OS but this is like just leaving the backdoor wide open.
 

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LMAO who is going to be stupid enough to install that??? I am sure the NSA has backdoors in may OS but this is like just leaving the backdoor wide open.
Sigh... SELINUX is simply open-source implementation of a technology called Type Enforcement. It's incredible that NSA was nice enough to develop a robust implementation of it on Linux, and extremely generous of them to open it up to the community and provide it to the general public.

The notion that NSA would need to install backdoors in any general purpose operating system, running on x86 hardware, to get into it is laughable. If anything, it would be in the interest of an entity like NSA to ensure that the system is as secure as possible - they can always develop the technology or technique to penetrate most systems, so why the hell would they install backdoors that would blaze a trail for less-capable agencies in other countries?
 

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RC54730 said:
Sigh... SELINUX is simply open-source implementation of a technology called Type Enforcement. It's incredible that NSA was nice enough to develop a robust implementation of it on Linux, and extremely generous of them to open it up to the community and provide it to the general public.

The notion that NSA would need to install backdoors in any general purpose operating system, running on x86 hardware, to get into it is laughable. If anything, it would be in the interest of an entity like NSA to ensure that the system is as secure as possible - they can always develop the technology or technique to penetrate most systems, so why the hell would they install backdoors that would blaze a trail for less-capable agencies in other countries?
Actually I think it was in there best interest to develop, and release a secure version of Linux to the community. The more servers/workstations they can secure in the U.S., the less chance of terrorist breaching our networks, and accessing our data.

But then there is that possibility of false positives. Being open source, and released to the general public, the secured version is also being made available to the terrorist. The terrorist, thinking their networks are now secure, might think even the NSA can't penetrate their organization's networks, and severs. When in fact, it could be a similar approach to the "Honey Pot", making it even easier for the NSA to access them.

It would be like the police selling the public entry doors and locks, that they could not breech.
 

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Utah_Viper said:
LMAO who is going to be stupid enough to install that??? I am sure the NSA has backdoors in may OS but this is like just leaving the backdoor wide open.
This has been around for quite some time, and unlike the OS you are probably running, its actually quite secure. If you are the paranoid type feel free to grab the source and audit it.
 
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