NSA motives

Richard Hally rhally at mindspring.com
Tue Jul 5 04:30:38 UTC 2005

Peter Magnusson wrote:
> On Thu, 23 Jun 2005, Stephen Smalley wrote:
>> But remember that SELinux is:
>> - upstream (in the mainline Linux 2.6 kernel),
> When was SELinux included in the mainline Linux 2.6, what version?

2.6.0 IIRC

>> - open source (kernel code and userland and policy),
>> - a truly community-based project (with significant contributions by
>> external developers and users) ever since its initial release by the NSA
>> in 2000,
> I feel that its interesting that NSA, famous for spying on other 
> nations, is helping to make linux more secure. Isnt that 
> counterproductive? :)

NSA has two main missions. See their site



> Im sure NSA would love to have backdoor to SELinux if someone with evil 
> reasons (what NSA thinks is evil) uses SELinux. Since SELinux is open 
> source it cant be something obviously because it will be found very 
> quickly. Must be something that its really, really well hidden.

Think about it... It is probably the most examined code in the whole 
open source world.  "many eyes" carried to the extreme!
> I guess you have heard opinions like this before :)
> It was the first things I thought about when I first heard about SELinux 
> several years ago.
Just because you are paranoid doesn't mean someone is not out to get you.


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