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So You Think Linux is Secure

“This action also made our offensive cybercapabilities ineffective against them, given the cyberweapons were designed to be used against Linux, UNIX and Windows,” he said, citing three popular computer operating systems.

If you ignore the cyberannoying cybertrend towards cyberusing “cyber” as a cyberprefix for everything, then you’ll notice that our man in DC is lumping Linux and Windows in the same attackable boat.

I guess we should also ignore the fact that he’s commenting on Kylin, which is derived from FreeBSD, which is, pretty much, UNIX – though I am told it doesn’t licence the UNIX trademark, unlike, say, MacOS.

3 Comments

  1. Did the NSA not invest in its own hardened UNIX variant?

    Whilst avoiding arguing whether SELinux is “secure” (whatever that means), doesn’t this raise the question as to why there is apparently so little adoption of this technology by the US government?

    Is this a market failure?

    Comment by Toby — 14 May 2009 @ 13:46

  2. Here’s some analysis of the report and further info on Kylin:

    http://threatchaos.com/2009/05/kylin-reports-unsubstantial/

    Comment by James Morris — 14 May 2009 @ 15:18

  3. Trend? Ha, that’s why I registered cybernothing.org way back in 1995 — the original tagline was “nothing is cooler just because it’s “cyber.”‘

    Comment by J.D. — 18 May 2009 @ 19:13

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