Novell open sources Linux security app

By Derek Sooman on January 11, 2006, 5:00 PM
Novell's Linux security offering, AppArmor is to have its source code released. The application, which secures Web servers and e-mail and instant-messaging systems against network-based attacks, was acquired by Novell last May when the company took over Immunix. It now ships with SuSE Linux.

Charles Ungashick, Novell’s director of product marketing, said AppArmor can scale to multiple machines and is easier to administer than SELinux. “With SELinux, you have to write a lot of low-level code at the lowest level of the OS,” he said. “It is difficult for mere mortals to implement.”

The CTO of Tresys Technology, Frank Mayer, disagrees though. "The glory of SELinux is that it can scale to any level, up or down," he argued.

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yoyomama said:
You can almost hear the thoughts of SCO execs now...[quote]"We're finding...cases where there is line-by-line code in AppArmour that is matching up to our UnixWare code," McBride said in an interview. In addition, he said, "We're finding code that looks likes it's been obfuscated to make it look like it wasn't UnixWare code--but it was."[/quote]
MonkeyMan said:
This is a plus, because it improves the security features, for linux users. Linux consumers, will most definately like this scenario.
nathanskywalker said:
[quote]But making AppArmor’s code freely available doesn’t necessarily make it easier for hackers to find holes in Linux, said Gordon Haff, an analyst at Illuminata. "Attacks aren’t done by analysing source code, they are usually based on script-driven penetration."[/quote]Well, the dude obviosly knows more than i do, and of course hackers could get their hands on the software anyway...that's part of being a hacker right? But still, free is free, and open source is stilll open source...if someone were willing to spend the time, i think he could find a better exploit by searching the source code.[url],1895,1909946,
mentaljedi said:
Maybe but i agree with MonkeyMan. After all, not many hackers pay attention to Linux anyway.
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