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Wednesday, May 29 • 4:20pm - 5:10pm
Namespaces for Security - Jake Edge, LWN.net

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Namespace support has been growing in the Linux kernel, so there are now a number of ways that namespaces can be used to help protect Linux systems from exploits. Using namespaces (in particular, the mount, network, PID, and user namespaces) can isolate processes in ways that will prevent some types of vulnerabilities from compromising more of the system. Namespaces can be used as part of a "defense in depth" strategy to avoid the harm (or most of the harm) from exploits of vulnerable user-space applications. This talk will be for Linux developers, particularly "system level" developers. It will assume some knowledge of C and Linux, but not require in-depth knowledge of either. Participants can expect to come away with a good foundation on what namespaces are and can do, along with concrete ideas of how to use namespaces in their projects.


Jake Edge

Editor, LWN.net
After 20 years as a software engineer Jake Edge joined LWN.net as a full-time editor in 2007. Prior to LWN, he did development of system-level software, mostly on Linux after 1994 or so. Jake writes on lots of topics of interest to the Linux and free software development communities... Read More →

Wednesday May 29, 2013 4:20pm - 5:10pm JST

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