Reason #20,140 that Open Source/Linux Kicks Ass

Linux Gets Security Boost from NSA :: Linux & Open Source News :: :: Linux & Open Source News from Across the Community: stories about government deployments of Linux involve a distributor helping various federal and municipal agencies install the open source operating system. But in this case, a federal agency is helping Linux.

The U.S. National Security Agency (NSA), also known as the codemakers and codebreakers cryptologic division within the Department of Defense, has helped to harden Linux with newly-released Security Enhanced Linux (SELinux) kernel modifications.

The latest release, which updates the base kernel to 2.6.3 and 2.4.24, contains numerous significant improvements to security in the open source operating system. The SELinux improvements mark a major breakthrough for Linux. Because of the NSA’s contributions to the kernel, the new security features will now show up in mainstream distributions of Linux.

Jesus jumping on a pogo stick! The NSA are the biggest, baddest nerds you don’t ever want to cross. Their shit is tight! I an sure whatever windows boxes they have (ya know, for administrators and managers) are locked up pretty good in-house. But they couldn’t ever release it to the public. Due to the open source nature of Linux, all of us who use it will benefit from the best minds at the best security agency in the world.

~ by kinshay on 2004-02-25.

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