August 27 - 28 - Vancouver, BC, Canada
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Monday, August 27 • 8:35am - 9:15am
Security in Zephyr and Fuchsia - Stephen Smalley & James Carter, National Security Agency

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Zephyr and Fuchsia are two emerging open source operating systems with very different architectures and approaches to security compared to each other and to Linux. Zephyr is a real-time operating system (RTOS) targeting Internet of Things (IoT) devices that are too resource-constrained to run Linux. Fuchsia is a capability-based microkernel operating system targeting more capable devices and computers. In this talk, we present the architecture and security mechanisms of these two operating systems, discuss ongoing work by ourselves and others to further advance their security, and compare their security features to those of Linux and Linux-based systems such as Android.


James Carter

Researcher, NSA
James Carter is a computer security researcher in the Information Assurance Research group of the National Security Agency (NSA). He presently is working to improve Security-Enhanced Linux (SELinux) policy development through tools and policy language improvements and serves as one... Read More →

Stephen Smalley

Computer Systems Researcher, National Security Agency
Stephen Smalley is a computer systems researcher in the Laboratory for Advanced Cybersecurity Research organization of the National Security Agency. He presently leads the NSA's Security Enhancements (SE) for the Internet of Things (IoT) project, which is investigating and advancing... Read More →

Monday August 27, 2018 8:35am - 9:15am PDT
Room 301