Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

Red Hat bangs security drum

Filed under
Linux

Banging the security drum at the Linuxworld tradeshow in San Francisco Red Hat today unveiled an initiative dubbed Security in a Networked World.

As part of the programme, the Linux vendor unveiled its Red Hat Certificate System which is based on software that allows organisations to manage security certificates that are used to sign emails or authenticate users for online banking applications. It also supports authentication through the use of smart cards.

Red Hat has also worked with the Apache foundation to add support for the Firefox browser and the Thunderbird email client through the use of Apache's open source Network Security Service Libraries.

The collaboration will allow users of both systems to send and receive authenticated emails with Thunderbird, while organisations including online banks and web stores can use the system to authenticate users through smartcards in combination with Firefox.

The certificate system follows the launch of the Red Hat's identity server last June. Both applications are based on the iPlanet software that Red Hat acquired from AOL last year.

Other than the directory server however, Red Hat is not open sourcing the certificate system.

Product manager Mike Ferris told vnunet.com that Red Hat plans to open source the software at some point, but he declined to give a projected release date.

"We want to make sure that we have a well established user community as well several of the key customers. We want to work with them so we have a correct path towards open sourcing," Ferris said.

The certificate system will be available immediately at a fee of $6 per managed certificate.

Full Story.

More in Tux Machines

today's leftovers

today's leftovers

  • Why leading DevOps may get you a promotion
    Gene Kim, author of The Phoenix Project and leading DevOps proponent, seems to think so. In a recent interview with TechBeacon's Mike Perrow, Kim notes that of "the nearly 100 speakers at DevOps Enterprise Summits over the last two years, about one in three have been promoted."
  • Cloud Vendors, The Great Disruptors, Face Disruption From Blockchain
  • SWORDY, a local party brawler could come to Linux if Microsoft allow it
    SWORDY is a rather fun looking local party brawler that has just released on Steam in Early Access. It could see a Linux release too, if Microsoft allow it.
  • System Shock remake has blasted past the Linux stretch goal, officially coming to Linux
    The Linux stretch goal was $1.1 million and it's pleasing to see it hit the goal, so we won't miss out now. I am hoping they don't let anyone down, as they have shown they can do it already by providing the demo. There should be no reason to see a delay with Linux now.
  • GammaRay 2.5 release
    GammaRay 2.5 has been released, the biggest feature release yet of our Qt introspection tool. Besides support for Qt 5.7 and in particular the newly added Qt 3D module a slew of new features awaits you, such as access to QML context property chains and type information, object instance statistics, support for inspecting networking and SSL classes, and runtime switchable logging categories.
  • GammaRay 2.5 Released For Qt Introspection
    KDAB has announced the release of GammaRay 2.5, what they say is their "biggest feature release yet", the popular introspection tool for Qt developers.
  • The new Keyboard panel
    After implementing the new redesigned Shell of GNOME Control Center, it’s now time to move the panels to a bright new future. And the Keyboard panel just walked this step.
  • Debian on Seagate Personal Cloud and Seagate NAS
    The majority of NAS devices supported in Debian are based on Debian's Kirkwood platform. This platform is quite dated now and can only run Debian's armel port. Debian now supports the Seagate Personal Cloud and Seagate NAS devices. They are based on Marvell's Armada 370, a platform which can run Debian's armhf port. Unfortunately, even the Armada 370 is a bit dated now, so I would not recommend these devices for new purchases. If you have one already, however, you now have the option to run native Debian.

OSS Leftovers