SELinux Boosts Server Security

Posted by dave on May 3, 2004 7:29 AM EDT
eWEEK Linux; By Jason Brooks
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Security enhanced Linux, a set of kernel modifications and utilities initially developed by the National Security Agency, bolsters the security of Linux systems by enabling administrators to more finely tune data and process permissions. SELinux enforces mandatory access control policies, which limit user and application privileges to the minimum required to do the job. In contrast, most operating systems have DAC (discretionary access control) schemes in which a process has access to everything available to the user who launched it.

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