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Red Hat Looks to NSA to Bolster Linux Security
Red Hat's EVP engineering, Paul Cormier, confirmed in a meeting with ComputerWire that the NSA has played a pivotal role in helping to define the security policy and process support that the Linux operating system requires.
The NSA has been working on a project called SE Linux (Security-Enhanced Linux), and version 4 of Red Hat's Linux flavor will feature a complete SE Linux implementation, Cormier said.
So far available only as a research prototype, the NSA's SE Linux is part of its Information Assurance mission, and is hoped to become an architecture "that can provide the necessary security functionality in a manner that can meet the security needs of a wide range of computing environments," said Cormier.
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