[CentOS] SELinux - way of the future or good idea but !!!

m.roth at 5-cent.us m.roth at 5-cent.us
Tue Nov 30 18:55:11 UTC 2010

Lamar Owen wrote:
> On Tuesday, November 30, 2010 12:18:26 pm Les Mikesell wrote:
>  > But [what it will cost to train some number of people to be able to
>> troubleshoot any problem that SELinux might cause with any app, given
>> potential changes in updates to both the distribution provided stuff and
>> the 3rd party coding at any time] is the thing someone needs to be able
>> to estimate before considering enabling SELinux on an existing farm of
>> machines running complex, pre-existing applications where the team of
>> operators has to be able to fix any potential problem quickly.
> And is it the app causing problems with SELinux or is it SELinux causing
> problems with the app?  Or is it the lack of integrator understanding in
> marrying the two?  Or are the tools to configure the functionality to
> blame?
Reality check time: selinux is a *tiny* portion of the entire Linux
market, though growing. However, there are a ton of apps out there, and
almost no developers who have been earning their living as programmers,
who have any knowledge of selinux. Case in point: something here,
developed in-house over the last 10-12 years, lots of cgi. Another case:
Computer Associates' SiteMinder, big bucks commercial product.

Anyone know of a list of selinux-compatible software? And how much will
the commercial software cost to upgrade it to play well with selinux? Do
you have an idea of how much multiuser commercial licenses are?


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