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Eilya 09-03-2008 05:17 PM

Compare-Kernel 2.4 V.S. 2.6 <Security>
Dear friends,

I want to know about the security differences between Kernel 2.4 and 2.6 specially I want to know what separates /proc. in this two versions?

Best Regards,

pixellany 09-04-2008 09:53 AM

This sounds a little bit like homework...

I have always understood that the 2.4.X kernels were about stability, not security. I would hope that the latest security enhancements would be in 2.6.X. And--there is always something like SELinux.


I want to know what separates /proc....
I don't understand. /proc is the collection of virtual files that show you what is happening in various memory structures. AFAIK, it has the same functionality in 2.4 and 2.6 kernels.

Eilya 09-04-2008 12:21 PM

So is it true to say, we don't have any security changes in the new version?
And about /proc, I want to know if we have any change in the new version?

unSpawn 09-04-2008 04:14 PM

More than I can (or would want to) list has changed between the 2.4 and 2.6 series. The most obvious being the Linux Security Framework (or LSM) of which SE Linux is a user. Even within 2.6 structures are in a constant state of upheaval. Kind of shows: for instance Linux Kernel Modules (or LKM's) that worked with earlier versions of 2.6 likely won't work with current versions. Wrt /proc I'm not sure what you mean, but if you look at /proc entries for a single process for instance you'll see 2.6.n kernels carry much more information.

Eilya 09-04-2008 04:52 PM

Thanks Dear UnSpawn, any more details about changes??? I want to know what has been changed in this magical directory (/proc)?

unSpawn 09-04-2008 05:57 PM

Like I hinted at in the other thread you should ask very specific questions and also tell us in detail what it is you are looking for. The way you ask for things right now is similar to asking somebody to count grains of sand in the Sahara and also describe each one in detail. Studying (the progress of) the kernel's source could be beneficial.

Eilya 09-04-2008 06:55 PM

Thanks UnSpawn, can you introduce me any good sources? (for knowing more about kernel)

win32sux 09-04-2008 07:23 PM


Originally Posted by Eilya (Post 3269921)
can you introduce me any good sources? (for knowing more about kernel)

Here's two resources that might benefit you: Linux Kernel Newbies, KernelTrap.

A Google search for linux kernel internals should provide you with tons of additional resources.

You might also wanna invest in a book like this one, for example.

Eilya 09-05-2008 03:29 AM

Dear win32sux Thanks for your guides, I ask for any more complete descriptions specially the best book in this field?
Best Regards,

win32sux 09-05-2008 10:53 AM

I have no opinion on which is the best kernel internals book - I'm not a kernel hacker. But if you read the reviews for that book I linked to on you'll see that people who've read it seem to think it's an awesome book.

Eilya 09-06-2008 03:04 PM

Thanks a lot my friend:)

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