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+ - Security-enhanced Linux distro can rebuild itself-> 3

Submitted by iago-vL
iago-vL (760581) writes "Last week, the Openwall Project released the latest build of Openwall GNU/*/Linux (Owl for short) (announcement). This distribution, which has the ability to completely rebuild itself from source, is designed from the ground up to be secure. From source code audits of critical components to advanced privilege separation, secure defaults, and integration of OpenVZ container-based virtualization, Owl makes a great server platform!"
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  • Can it also fix bugs and patch itself? something just feels wrong about that!
    • You must be alluding to this story's title. It actually mentions two distinct properties of Owl, our focus on security (more on it below) and our inclusion of a complete build environment and full source code (even on our live+installable CDs, which also include all of the binary packages - yes, it is possible to rebuild from source even while CD-booted should you want to for some weird reason - we sometimes use this as a stress test).

      We have a policy to audit certain security-critical portions of code in

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