A great article on why to use SeLinux

Konstantin Svist fry.kun at gmail.com
Sat Mar 1 19:43:56 UTC 2008


Bruno Wolff III wrote:
> On Fri, Feb 29, 2008 at 21:49:18 -0800,
>   Konstantin Svist <fry.kun at gmail.com> wrote:
>   
>> But then what am I, as the end-user, supposed to do? Supposedly, if the 
>> app isn't fixed right away, I should allow the activity by creating a 
>> rule -- but there doesn't seem to be an easy way of doing that.
>> In essence, as the article says, selinux is well-suited for servers, not 
>> for desktops. Though I doubt how well it's suited for servers, since you 
>> still need to be able to do some voodoo ritual to get the server stuff 
>> working. If it's not common knowledge or completely automated, it's 
>> pretty much useless.
>>     
>
> Yes there are tools to allow new rules to be added. There is at least
> a command line tool to do this; I am not sure about a GUI tool.
>
> It is suited for desktops as well. It has been getting some nice features
> in that regard lately. Go take a look at Dan Walsh's live journal page
> if you are interested in reading about these.
>   


Yeah, but if I don't understand how any of it works, it's just as useful 
to me as the car keys are to a monkey.
I've tried reading SELinux for Dummies 
(http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/SELinux/Understanding) but I still don't 
really get it. The worst part is, I had to concentrate to understand 
what the page is telling me - and I'm a CS major :P
The average Joe won't even go this far - in other words, he won't 
understand how to work with it - meaning it's NOT suited for desktops.





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