Kernel Breach Averted - Thanks to McVoy's Config Management System

    Date10 Nov 2003
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    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    According to the release, this was the first known security breach to threaten the Linux kernel. It was a "Trojan Horse" style of attack that, if not caught, could have allowed a local user to gain administrative privileges onto a . . . According to the release, this was the first known security breach to threaten the Linux kernel. It was a "Trojan Horse" style of attack that, if not caught, could have allowed a local user to gain administrative privileges onto a Linux operating system - privileges that typically enable someone to access confidential information from a company's internal machines, delete files, and tap into private e-mail accounts. "This is the first known attempt to deliberately add a security flaw to Linux," said Ted T'so, a senior Linux developer and security expert. "The discovery of this breach underscores the importance of having a configuration management tool that verifies the integrity of the source code," he added.

    BitKeeper - used to develop the Linux kernel, the MySQL database, the Xaraya content management system, and hundreds of commercial products worldwide - is a configuration management system produced by BitMover, Inc., a San Francisco-based company founded by Linux developer and configuration management expert, Larry McVoy.

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