Chapter 2. SELinux Overview

This chapter provides a brief overview of SELinux, the concepts behind it, its implementation and its requirements.

2.1. History

SELinux was originally released under the GPL in late 2000 by the National Security Agency's Office of Information Assurance. Since then it has been developed by the open source community in collaboration with the NSA.

SELinux currently ships as a part of Fedora Core, and it supported by Red Hat as a part of Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Packages also exist for Debian, SuSe, and Gentoo, though these are unsupported by anyone at the time of this writing.