October 9, 2015

​Matthew Garrett Is Not Forking Linux

matthew-garrettBut the famed Linux developer is putting his security work into his own Linux tree without Linus Torvalds' approval. When Matthew Garrett, well-known Linux kernel developer and âCoreOSprincipal security engineer, announced he was releasing a [Linux] kernel tree with patches that implement a BSD-style securelevel interface, I predicted people would say Garrett was forking Linux. I was right. They have. But, that's not what Garrett is doing. ...

He's building his own kernel tree because "The securelevel feature is part of the work done to make Secure Boot meaningfully useful - verifying that you're booting a signed kernel isn't terribly useful if it's then straightforward for that kernel to be modified at runtime."

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