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NSA shows the way to develop secure systems

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| The unprecedented release of the project into the open source community aims
| to demonstrate how highly secure software can be developed cost-effectively,
| improving industrial practice and providing a starting point for teaching and
| academic research. Originally showcased in a conference paper in 2006, it has
| the long-term aim of improving the development practices of NSA’s
| contractors. Tokeneer was created as a fixed-price project, taking just 260
| person days to create nearly 10,000 lines of high-assurance code, achieving
| lower development costs than traditional methods per line of code.



NSA's Linux

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| So, do you trust it or not?
| [...]
| The packaged form of SELinux, as seen in Red Hat Enterprise Linux and other
| distributions, is already working.
| SELinux mitigations -- http://www.tresys.com/selinux.html -- 2 each for 2005
| and 2006, up to 4 in 2007 (including a big Samba vulnerability) and already 1
| in 2008. More here: http://www.linuxworld.com/news/2008/022408-selinux.html *
| Posted by: Don Marti at April 8, 2008 02:09 PM
| [...]
| I trust it. It is GPL, has been reviewed by many, and it works. I think it
| should be the job of the government/NSA to help us secure our computers *in
| open and transparent ways*. It benefits the economy and the nation as a whole
| to have more secure infrastructure. I liken it to the national highway
| system. It is in everyone's interest both military and civilian. * *
| Posted by: Tracy R Reed at April 8, 2008 02:47 PM



Did NSA Put a Secret Backdoor in New Encryption Standard?

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| Which is why you should worry about a new random-number standard that
| includes an algorithm that is slow, badly designed and just might contain a
| backdoor for the National Security Agency. *


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| Is this a good idea or not? For the first time, the giant software maker
| is acknowledging the help of the secretive agency, better known for
| eavesdropping on foreign officials and, more recently, U.S. citizens as
| part of the Bush...


Microsoft could be teaching police to hack Vista

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| Microsoft may begin training the police in ways to break the
| encryption built into its forthcoming Vista operating system.

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