View Full Version : SELinux ... where to read about it?

26th February 2004, 08:31 PM
I know that this is related to security but besides that, I don't have a clue to what it is.

Why is there's an implementation of SELinux in Fedora and what does it mean for us desktop users?

26th February 2004, 09:20 PM
gott his bits from LWN

First, some background on Security-Enhanced Linux, or SELinux for short. Developed by the US National Security Agency, Security-enhanced Linux is a research prototype of the Linux kernel with enhanced security. It contains new architectural components, which provide support for enforcement of mandatory access control policies that confine user programs to the minimum amount of privilege they require to do their jobs. In other words, users running SELinux can define explicit rules about what subjects (users and programs) can access which objects (files and devices). It can be thought of as an internal firewall with the ability to separate programs, thus ensuring a high level of security within the operating system. SELinux is distributed under GPL.

27th February 2004, 12:55 AM