Linux Security Modules

The Linux Security Modules (LSM) functionality is a standardized framework that allows the kernel to check access requests and calls against a loadable module acting as an external security mechanism. This has brought about a long-needed change from the standard and very basic UNIX access control to a more complex and potentially secure Discretionary Access Control (DAC) or Mandatory Access Control (MAC) model. By comparison, a weak example of DAC is the standard *NIX access control and a weak example of MAC is SELinux. At present, the only options available in Linux distributions tend to be SELinux or AppArmour.

If you are not specifically using LSM, make sure you disable it as it provides a great avenue for rootkits to be introduced onto a system. Unfortunately, this will probably mean recompiling your kernel as distributions appear to be enabling this by default.

If you are looking for stronger security, you should also review GRSecurity and Rule Set-Based Access Control (RSBAC).

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