Fe­dora 21 to come out with cru­cial se­cu­rity, crypto up­grades

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The Fe­dora En­gi­neer­ing and Steer­ing Com­mit­tee has ap­proved a slew of new fea­tures in the lat­est it­er­a­tion of Red Hat’s Fe­dora dis­tro—Fe­dora 21. As the dead­line for spec­i­fy­ing the fi­nal changes in Fe­dora 21 draws nearer (April 8), it is now clear that the re­lease will come with cru­cial se­cu­rity and crypto up­grades.

Thanks to a new sys­temwide pol­icy, all ap­pli­ca­tions run­ning on a given Fe­dora sys­tem can have a con­sis­tent level of cryp­tog­ra­phy set be­tween them. This will unify the crypto poli­cies used by dif­fer­ent ap­pli­ca­tions and li­braries in Fe­dora 21. In terms of se­cu­rity, Fe­dora 21 would have a set of pre­de­fined lev­els that will in­di­vid­u­ally de­fine var­i­ous cryp­tog­ra­phy re­lated be­hav­iours. The changes in crypto and se­cu­rity lev­els would even­tu­ally re­quire changes in the likes of GnuTLS, re­cently marred by a longun­de­tected bug that could have al­lowed po­ten­tial data theft via a spe­cially crafted en­cryp­tion cer­tifi­cate. Keep­ing all this in mind, the fi­nal set of changes in Fe­dora 21 is still un­der wraps.

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