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Anatomy of Security-Enhanced Linux

Anatomy of Security-Enhanced Linux
Linux has been described as one of the most secure operating systems available, but the National Security Agency (NSA) has taken Linux to the next level with the introduction of Security-Enhanced Linux (SELinux). SELinux takes the existing GNU/Linux operating system and extends it with kernel and user-space modifications to make it bullet-proof. If you're running a 2.6 kernel today, you might be surprised to know that you're using SELinux right now! This article explores the ideas behind SELinux and how it's implemented.

Public networks like the Internet are dangerous places. Anyone who has a computer attached to the Internet (even transiently) understands these dangers. Attackers can exploit insecurities to gain access to a system, to obtain unauthorized access to information, or to repurpose a computer in order to send spam or participate in attacks on other high-profile systems (using SYN floods, as part of a Distributed Denial of Service attacks).



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