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.