Montavista Vision 2007

I had the distinct opportunity to speak at the Montavista Vision conference about SELinux in embedded devices. I’d like to say thanks to all who attended my talk. A copy of the slides is available here. Thanks for all the questions. I hope I answered them to your satisfaction.

Some of you may be scratching your head seeing SELinux, Montavista, and embedded all together. Yes, SELinux can be used beyond server systems. Linux is growing incredibly quickly in embedded devices, being used in cell phones, set-top boxes, cameras, televisions, and even hard disks (yeah, that shocked me too). And many of these devices have lots of security issues. Which is why Montavista has announced support for SELinux in their upcoming release. I look forward to buying my first cell phone with SELinux protecting my personal data. Maybe if Apple had Mandatory Access Controls in their embedded OS they could be more comfortable with allowing 3rd party application that wouldn’t break the rest of the system.

3 Responses to “Montavista Vision 2007”


  1. 1 Yuichi Nakamura

    Hi.
    I am excited to hear that people are woring SELinux for embedded devices.
    Some Japanese companies and people are also
    porting SELinux and working together.
    You can see what we are doing below.
    http://www.kaigai.gr.jp/index.php?TODO_en

  2. 2 Yuichi Nakamura

    oops, woring -> working ..

  3. 3 c-had

    Thanks for the comment. We all really appreciate the work you guys are doing in Japan for SELinux on embedded devices. Anyone who wants to use SELinux in the embedded space will benefit. I personally am very grateful for the sebusybox work and all the modifications to the libraries and kernel (such as the improved read/write performance patches) to make embedded SELinux possible.

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