[CALUG] Reminder: Meeting July 10th - Demystifying SELinux

Shawn Webb lattera at gmail.com
Tue Jul 9 15:29:29 EDT 2013

Will this be recorded? I would've liked to attend, but will be unable to.



On Tue, Jul 9, 2013 at 3:26 PM, Chuck Frain <chuck at chuckfrain.net> wrote:
> Greetings All,
> The next CALUG meeting will be happening this Wednesday July 10th from
> 6:30 until 9pmish. We will be welcoming Dave Quigley back to speak to
> our group. He will be giving us a preview of his O'Reilly OSCON talk
> titled "Demystifying SELinux: WTF is it saying?"
> SELinux is a mandatory access control mechanism for Linux systems found
> in several main stream distributions. All those fancy security terms may
> be scary but in truth with a little bit of knowledge its possible to
> find out WTF SELinux is saying to you.The talk will provide an
> introduction to SELinux to help ordinary people understand basic SELinux
> concepts and deal with issues that may arise during the operation of an
> SELinux enabled system.
> While more and more people are starting to do the legwork in
> understanding SELinux instead of turning it off right away it still
> seems like black magic to a great number of people. I’m here to let you
> know that with a little bit of time and a few simple commands already on
> your Linux machine you can begin to chip away at the SELinux’s hard
> shell and get to the creamy nougat of understanding in the middle.
> In the talk I’ll first try to convince you that what SELinux does is
> important and that you shouldn’t turn it off. Next I will go over the
> basics of what SELinux is and how it decides to protect your system
> using a lovely audience member and an easy to understand exercise. Then
> i’ll briefly cover the tools available to you to be able to ask and
> answer the question “WTF is SELinux trying to tell me?” Finally I’ll
> show two examples of SELinux problems and fix them live in front of the
> audience with no safety netting.
> At the end of the talk you’ll be flying high with your new understanding
> of SELinux and be ready to take on the world. Next time someone says
> SELinux instead of having that nauseous feeling in the pit of your
> stomach you’ll be able to stand tall and say “Wait a minute! I saw a
> talk on SELinux and I know WTF its saying to me!”
> About Dave Quigley
> David Quigley started his career as a Computer Systems Researcher for
> the National Information Assurance Research Lab at the NSA where he
> worked as a member of the SELinux team. David leads the design and
> implementation efforts to provide Labeled-NFS support for SELinux. David
> has previously contributed to the open source community through
> maintaining the Unionfs 1.0 code base and through code contributions to
> various other projects. David has presented at conferences such as the
> Ottawa Linux Symposium, the StorageSS workshop, LinuxCon and several
> local Linux User Group meetings where presentation topics have included
> storage, file systems, and security. David currently works as a Computer
> Science Professional for the Advanced Engineering and Development
> division at Keyw Corporation.
> The meeting will take place at OmniTI, located in Fulton, MD. The
> address is 11830 West Market Place Fulton, MD 20759. The building is
> near the Harris Teeter, easily seen from the road. When you approach the
> HT head on, the OmniTI office building is to its right.
> We'll be using the back entrance marked "F" since that will lead
> directly to the meeting room.
> Be sure to show up from 6:30 until 7 for pizza provided by Praxis
> Engineering and socializing. We'll start the meeting about 7pm.
> http://www.calug.org
> http://www.praxiseng.com
> http://omniti.com
> http://omniti.com/is/here
> http://selinuxproject.org/
> --
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