Re: Fw: StrongBox Linux and OVC?

From: Douglas W. Jones <jones_at_cs_dot_uiowa_dot_edu>
Date: Fri Apr 23 2004 - 09:29:43 CDT

On Apr 22, 2004, at 8:25 PM, Alan Dechert wrote:

> Forwarding from Liam Helmer
> AD
>> I'm the lead developer on the StrongBox Linux project
>> (, a rather new project (started last fall) out
>> of Vancouver, Canada. What we're creating is a version of linux that
>> is
>> meant to be secure from the ground up.

This is definitely worth pursuing!

In the long run, I happen to believe that Linux, as a warmed over
Unix, can never meet the strongest security demands. The problem
is, the core ideas of Unix represent the mature thinking on many
issues of the early 1970's, and we need to move beyond the 1970's
in our thinking on these issues.

On the other hand, the marketplace never took any interest in the
security models developed in the late 1970's and early 1980's,
because it was common knowledge that personal computers made
research on secure systems irrelevant.

That's the attitude that gave birth to Windows, MacOS and a flood
of bad security ideas at the applications level, and as a result,
the marketplace today looks up to Unix as a model system.

There are some other competing secure Linux ventures, and evaluating
them is no small task.

                Doug Jones
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