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    NSA S-E Linux applied to Ubuntu??

    I need some help. I'd like to know if SELinux is already a part of Ubuntu. Will be a part of Ubuntu. Should I add it to my desktop? How? Viable? Too restrictive? Server only? Step by step guide? Will I find it in the repositories? Hard to install, not for a novice? Easy to install? Opinions? Not worth the effort?

    Sorry for my ignorance...doing forum search after posting this.

    Thanks for any and all feedback.
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    Re: NSA S-E Linux applied to Ubuntu??

    http://packages.ubuntu.com/intrepid/selinux-utils

    Found this. I'm looking now for some detailed information on desktop implementation of it. I hope I can turn on the "strictest" settings. Unsure how that would affect my computer.
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    Re: NSA S-E Linux applied to Ubuntu??

    SELinux can be installed on Ubuntu, but AppArmor is installed by default.

    I suggest you :

    1. Consider looking into apparmor first (see my sticky).

    2. If you want to take SELinux for a spin, try Fedora 10 (SELinux is installed and configured).

    3. If you want to try strict, install Engarde Linux.

    Note: Strict SELinux has a steep learning curve and restricts even the root user. I think you will be quickly frustrated unless you understand the basics first :

    http://linuxtopia.org/online_books/c...ide/index.html

    Engarde , Fedora, and Redhat (Centos) all have guides for SELinux.

    Basically converting Ubuntu is easy, but you might wish to read up first.
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    Re: NSA S-E Linux applied to Ubuntu??

    The main purpose of SELinux is to provide mandatory access control that guarantees separation between data sets and streams of different classification levels. Using SELinux, a machine can be configured such that it can process both Secret and Confidential data for example, without the Confidential data becoming automatically reclassified as Secret.

    This is a problem peculiar to government and military systems and is not of much use to ordinary mortals.

    Hope that helps!

    Herman

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