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NSA Connection to SE Linux (fwd)

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Date: Sat, 10 Mar 2001 21:16:36 -0500
From: "George(s) Lessard" <media@xxxxxxx>
To: mediamentor@xxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: NSA Connection to SE Linux

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To:             	"cpi-ua" <cpi-ua@xxxxxxxxx>
Subject:        	[CPI-UA]: Fw: NSA Connection to SE Linux
Date sent:      	Sat, 10 Mar 2001 15:12:44 -0800
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From: "David Farber" <dave@xxxxxxxxxx>
To: <ip-sub-1@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Saturday, March 10, 2001 6:17 AM
Subject: IP: NSA Connection to SE Linux

> >Date: Sat, 10 Mar 2001 08:12:57 -0600
> >Subject: Of Interest to IP? NSA Connection to Linux
> >From: John Lyon <jelyon@xxxxxxxxxx>
> >To: <farber@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> >
> >Prof. Farber;
> >
> >Got this from another list - might be of interest to the IP list:
> >
> > > Interesting NSA connection to Linux:
> > >
> > > http://www-106.ibm.com/developerworks/library/s-selinux/?n-s-381
> >
> >__________________________
> >John Lyon
> Dropping the bomb
> It came from out of the blue, without fanfare. The "new" National
> Security Agency threw out a security-enhanced version of the Linux 2.2
> kernel (called SE Linux ) into the open source community. Not only that,
> they gave out background briefing papers on the research methodology that they
> used to model whether or not SE Linux was truly secure.
> If you haven't been following the cryptography area lately, let me
> assure you that this action by the NSA was the crypto equivalent of the
> Pope coming down off the balcony in Rome, working the crowd with a few
> loaves of bread and some fishes, and then inviting everyone to come over to his
place to watch the soccer game and have a few beers. There are some things
> that one just never expects to see, and the NSA handing out source code
> along with details of the security mechanism behind it was right up
> ther on that list. Up to this point, the NSA has embodied in itself the classic Cold
War paranoia imperative of the past 50 years ("If you knew what we knew,
> you'd agree with us"). To see it spewing source like some long-haired
> Stanford student was enough to make for uncontrollable twitching.
> <snip>
> For archives see: http://www.interesting-people.org/


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