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News in brief: Linux advice for Equifax; fired over phish; Security.txt standard proposed

September 19, 2017

Writing on the Double Pulsar site, infosec practitioner Kevin Beaumont suggests Security Enhanced Linux (SELinux) would have saved Equifax from the disastrous breach it disclosed earlier this month.

If you’re going to have Apache Struts facing the internet, SELinux is the way to go, he wrote, referring to the Apache Struts vulnerability the thieves exploited:

This is the #1 thing almost every organisation seems to miss. Security Enhanced Linux is very simple to deploy — usually just one command — and it beefs up security on processes. Correctly deployed, it stops Tomcat accessing the system — so stops unknown exploits.

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