NSA proposes security boost for Linux kernel

The National Security Agency is preparing to submit Linux security enhancements for possible inclusion in a future version of the Linux kernel, a senior scientist in NSA's Information Assurance Research Group said last week.

Security Enhanced Linux could become part of the Linux kernel, or basic core functions, by Version 2.6, NSA's Peter A. Loscocco said. Version 2.4 is the current production kernel.
Acceptance of SE Linux technologies as part of the kernel would give the open-source OS 'a leg up' on other operating systems, Loscocco said.

Loscocco spoke at the Open Standards/Open Source for National and Local E-Government Programs conference in Washington.

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