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NSF funding creation of secure new OS
"Today's computer operating systems are thoroughly penetrated and unfixable," says Jon Solworth, associate professor of computer science at the University of Illinois at Chicago, in a statement. "Every year we spend more and more on the problem, but every year the problem gets worse because we're working at the edges instead of at the heart of the problem."
Solworth is working with colleague Daniel Bernstein, research professor of computer science and a cryptography expert, whose job is to try cracking the Ethos OS, which runs on virtual machines. The idea is to build an OS that can free up application developers to focus on their apps, not security.
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