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Source: CNET News - Posted by Pax Dickinson   
Vendors/Products Novell plans to release software on Tuesday that is designed to make it harder for new attacks to compromise existing Linux-based computers. The software, called AppArmor, is one of several products in the security realm based on the idea of mandatory access controls. The technology limits a running software program's privileges only to those absolutely necessary.

Novell's chief rival, Red Hat, has been adding such features into its product through the use of SELinux, added to Red Hat Enterprise Linux in 2005.

The AppArmor software is available for download and will be integrated into OpenSuse on Jan. 19, Novell said. It's based on software Novell obtained when it bought Immunix, a Linux security company, in 2005.

AppArmor lets an administrator create a profile that describes which files a given application may use. The software then enforces that profile. Consquently, if a remote attacker takes over that application, it's more difficult for the attacker to use the application for malicious purposes, such as taking over the entire computer.

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