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    NSA's 'security-enhanced'
    Contributed by Anonymous on Monday, October 01 @ 15:47:51 BST

    Security
    Four days ago, the 2nd public release of the NSA's 'security-enhanced' (http://www.nsa.gov/selinux/) version of Linux (it's not an entire distribution) came out. The NSA describes it as having 'a strong, flexible mandatory access control architecture incorporated into the major subsystems of the kernel".

    I know that this works with Red Hat, but what about Debian? Can somebody know if this will be include in a new release of Debian? I hope the answer to both question is YES !

    DanielS: Hmm. Would it be non-US? Pretty ironic if it did; it would also prevent Debian from releasing with it (unless you count non-US as psrt of the release).

     
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    No encryption involved (Score: 1, Informative)
    by Anonymous on Monday, October 01 @ 16:44:07 BST

    As pointed out in a /. discussion today (or yesterday), this 'patch' by the NSA only contains Mandatory Access Controlls (MAC) for the Linux kernel and no strong crypto whatsoever. It only provides a system to better delegate the rights to access certain parts of the system. I'm not aware of any US law that would prevent exporting this.

    Note: I didn't actually 'research' if there's really no strong crypto involved in this project, but that's what I read earlier. As sheepishly as my actions are I'm now just copying that message ...

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    Re: NSA's 'security-enhanced' (Score: 1, Informative)
    by Anonymous on Monday, October 01 @ 16:45:51 BST

    >DanielS: Hmm. Would it be non-US? Pretty ironic if it did; it would also prevent Debian from releasing with it

    (unless you count non-US as part of the release).

    /

    If this software was restricted by us crypto laws (which I don't believe it is - it's implementing extra rules and checks, not crypto) then whoever uploads it to non-US.d.o would be breaking us law. Oops. That's why openbsd won't allow Americans on the team IIRC.

    -dRay

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    Re: NSA's 'security-enhanced' (Score: 0)
    by Anonymous on Monday, October 01 @ 21:20:02 BST

    Can somebody know if this work on debian ?

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