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Security: #1 Reason Users in Asia choose Open Source  17 October 2007  Print E-mail
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Source: LinuxWorld - Posted by Ryan Berens   
Latest News According to a report performed by IDC Research: organizations perceived open source technology as providing better security compared to proprietary products... In reality, it seems that the advantages of open source security are taking hold, so much in fact, that they are the primary reason for adoption in Asia and the region. So maybe, when Microsoft and other firms can't artificially meddle with the system, look what happens - the people speak and the choice is clear. Is the reason because proprietary versions are so insecure, that Linux is secure by comparison? Or is it that Linux, by nature, gets more attention from a driven community to create platforms that are inherently better engineered, for more security through development?
 
How much longer does AppArmor really have?  16 October 2007  Print E-mail
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Source: Heise Security - Posted by Ryan Berens   
Latest News As of today, Novel has dissolved the AppArmor development team, centered around main developer, Crispin Cowan.

For a long time, AppArmor has been slow to be adopted due to the nature of its security structure (it differs from SELinux by its adherence to using names).

The issue here seems to be that without a funded back-end by Novell, how much longer does AppArmor really have? Is this a case of survival of the fittest? Could a name-based structure ever succeed? Certainly, with backing from Novell now gone, it may be safe to say that the project may only have another year. While a few distributions still include that support, will they be willing to include it in one year, without a large corporate backer?

It seems unlikely, at best, that another large organization is going to rise to take Novell's place, and without that AppArmor's days may be numbered.
 
EnGarde Secure Community v3.0.17 Now Available  09 October 2007  Print E-mail
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Source: Guardian Digital - Posted by Bill Keys   
Latest News Guardian Digital is happy to announce the release of EnGarde Secure Community 3.0.17 (Version 3.0, Release 17). This release includes many updated packages and bug fixes, some feature enhancements to Guardian Digital WebTool and the SELinux policy, and a few new features.

In distribution since 2001, EnGarde Secure Community was one of the very first security platforms developed entirely from open source, and has been engineered from the ground-up to provide users and organizations with complete, secure Web functionality, DNS, database, e-mail security and even e-commerce.

 
Linux Security Spaces  19 September 2007  Print E-mail
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Source: LXer - Posted by Ryan Berens   
Latest News As the value of Linux security grows, and the coverage it warrants, more and more sites will continue to pop up covering the security issues in Open Source. This one comes from an OSTG member named Mayank Sharma, who also is also a blogger on IBM's site.
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Who's the BOSS?  11 September 2007  Print E-mail
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Latest News The BOSSIES, or Best of Open Source Software awards, are a yearly ranking of some of the highest ranked open source tools and projects. In this year's Security category, they included many, but not all, of the best tools. And although they didn't, it is, as always a great overview of what's going on in the industry. Standard winners include Snort for Intrusion detection, Nessus for scanning, ClamAV for Anti-virus, other old-timers, and a couple of new comers. But what about the manual?

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