April 19, 2004

Linux: unfit for national security?

Days after an embedded-industry CEO stirred up a firestorm by charging that Linux poses a threat to U.S. security, two prominent
computing-security experts said last week that some developers are already inappropriately using Linux in critical security applications where it
isn't suitable.

Purdue University professor Eugene Spafford and Cynthia Irvine of the Naval Postgraduate School warned that the highest-level, but little-understood,
security concerns are sometimes ignored during the development of control systems for tanks, bombs, missiles and defense aircraft. Linux, Windows and
Solaris operating systems should not be used in such applications, Spafford said.

Link: eetimes.com


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