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Old 01-04-2006, 05:44 AM   #1
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Smile what is selinux?

i'm not a linux expert, i'm using Kerberos and i found that there is a module called, i searched the Internet and i couldn't find a descriptive defination of it so i hope you can give me more info about selinux and pam_selinux
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selinux stands for security enhanbced linux and
pam stands for personal authentication module

use google sparely and have a look here
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One of the major features of the so-called "hardened Linux" systems, like seLinux (which was co-developed by the US National Security Agency!), is to reduce the reliance upon the root user-id. For example, many daemons (services) must run or start as root simply because they need to be able to open TCP/IP port numbers less than 1024. Hardened systems introduce the idea of capabilities, granting the program the permission to do specific things but only those things.

PAM (pluggable authentication modules) is a system that, as far as I know, is included in most distros already, hardened or not. This system puts many authentication tasks, ranging from user logins to e-mail, or really, any application that wishes to use PAM, in a single common place governed by a single set of flexible rules that can be managed from the contents of a single directory.


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