The format is expected to be similar to the 2012 summit.
A CfP will be issued soon.
On Day 1, we’re privileged to have a keynote by Matthew Garrett. He’s one of the best speakers in the community, and I believe he’ll be discussing secure boot.
Following the keynote, we have eight refereed presentations on new and interesting Linux security development topics.
On Day 2, we’ll have kernel security subsystem updates from maintainers, followed by an afternoon of breakout sessions. The breakout sessions are for deeper dives into specific areas, and may include development discussions and hack sessions. An BoF is planned to discuss an LF Security Workgroup, and attendees may propose more sessions in the leadup to the conference by emailing the program committee.
Thanks to all of the committee members for reviewing the proposals and helping to organize the summit — it’s shaping up as an interesting and productive event!
Just to let folk know — I’ll be giving a talk on the state of Linux kernel security development at LinuxCon Japan in Yokohama on June 8th. From the abstract:
In this talk, we’ll examine the current state of the Linux kernel security subsystem. Starting with a brief overview of existing features, we’ll discuss recent developments, current efforts and future directions. We’ll also discuss the evolving threat landscape, and the increasing need for mobile and cloud security. This will be a high-level technical discussion aimed at IT professionals. A good general knowledge of operating system and computer security concepts will be advantageous.
I’ll also likely be in Tokyo briefly — if any kernel security development folk there want to meet up, let me know.
This year, the summit will be a two-day event, co-located with LinuxCon, Linux Plumbers, and the Kernel Summit. We’re planning on holding developer break-out sessions for much of the second day, and extending the length of the main talks to the more traditional 45 minute + 15 minute break format. There will still be shorter 30 minute talks, and roundtable discussions.
Check out the programs from previous years to see what kind of proposals have been previously accepted:
Send your proposals to the program committee per the announcement.
The summit is to be held on Monday, 9th of August in conjunction with LinuxCon. Remember that you need to be registered for LinuxCon to attend the Security Summit (see my last post for details on a registration discount code). You do not need to pay anything further for the Security Summit.
We had a very strong field of proposals for the summit, and the voting process was reasonably tough. Proposals required a minimum average score of 4/5 from the program committee to be accepted as a main talk. We had to reject several good proposals which did not make this grade, and they now have priority as lighting talks. (Lightning talks will otherwise to be allocated on a first-come first-served basis on the day).
Here’s a summary of the accepted main talks:
These talk sessions are intended to be as collaborative and interactive as possible. They’re thirty minutes each, with at least ten minutes of discussion included. The pace will be fairly brisk, and hopefully leave people wanting more and generating subsequent discussions. Many people will be there for the week, and it’s been my experience over the years that much of the best discussion ends up happening after the talks in the various hallway and dinner tracks.
We’ll also have a panel session and, as mentioned, lightning talks. See the schedule page for more details, and for any updates.
I hoped we’d see more proposals from folk on the operational side of things — we probably need to reach out in that direction better next time. A significant aim of the summit is to foster collaboration between the development community and those running real systems, so if you’re in the latter group, definitely consider attending. This will be a great opportunity to catch up on current developments in Linux security, and to provide your input and feedback.
Also, please join the event mailing list if you’re planning on attending in any capacity, so we can get any updates out to you, as well as better estimate attendance. There’s also a Facebook page (which I don’t seem to be able to make public, ironically).
See you there!
Just a reminder that the CFP for the Linux Security Summit ends this Friday, 4th of June.
If you have something interesting to discuss, send your proposal to the program committee via plain text email per the CFP announcement.
We have some very interesting proposals so far — if you have any interest in Linux security, you should probably try and be there.
Note that you need to be registered for LinuxCon to attend. As a speaker at the main conference, I’ve been given a discount code to hand out to people “in my network”. If you’re reading this, you’re in :-) Using the code, you can save 20%, which is currently $80 USD.
That’s enough to buy a Red Sox ticket and a hot dog.
Email me directly for the code at email@example.com.
The aim of the Linux Security Summit is to bring developers, researchers and end users together to analyze and solve Linux security challenges.
This is not just for “security people” — it’s intended to be a forum for collaboration between the wider community (sysadmins, operations, architects, developers etc.) and Linux security developers.
The format of the event is expected to be a mix of brief technical talks, panel discussions, and lightning talks. It will be held on Monday 9th August, 2010 in Boston, co-located with LinuxCon.
The program committee is currently seeking proposals for talks and panel discussion topics: see the CFP for details.
In particular, we’d like to encourage folks with significant real-world deployments to attend and discuss what they’re doing and what they need in terms of security from the OS.
From a security developer point of view, much effort over the last decade has gone into adding security features to Linux and integrating them into distributions. End users have now been through a few product release cycles with these features, so it seems like a good opportunity now to get together and discuss what’s working, what’s not, and how we can work together to continue improving Linux security.
Attendance is open to all registered LinuxCon delegates.
From the announcement:
This year's event will be divided into two main sessions. The first will be for traditional conference presentations which were accepted via the CfP: * Labeled NFS Community Involvement - Dave Quigley (NSA) * Update on Flask/TE Support for X - Eamon Walsh (NSA) * Work on a Higher-Level Policy Language - James Carter (NSA) * Video Streaming in Policy Confined Environments - Philip Tricca (USAF) * A New Policy Infrastructure for SELinux Joshua Brindle (Tresys) * Policy Distribution Joshua Brindle (Tresys) * Refpolicy and Userspace Joshua Brindle (Tresys) * Analysis of Flask Policies in VM Systems Trent Jaeger (PSU) Aside from Josh's talks (which are combined into one 60-minute slot), these are 30-minute slots. For speakers, the recommended format is 20-minutes of presenting and 10-minutes of Q&A. The second main session, after lunch, is intended to be fully collaborative in that everyone in attendance may (and should) participate. This is divided into three sections: * Lightning talks, 5 minutes each. Any attendee may propose a lightning talk via the wiki or on the day. * Development sessions. This is a flexible format where developers can work in small self-organized groups on specific tasks, taking advantage of the fact that we're all in the same place for the day. We'll discuss this further on the event mailing list -- it's important to identify tasks, teams and goals beforehand, and also to make sure everyone is set up to get straight to work on the day. * General project discussion. We'll spend about an hour discussing project and development issues. Candidate agenda items should first be posted to the event mailing list, and the agenda will be finalized immediately prior to the event. For attendees who are yet to do so, ensure you are registered for LinuxCon, which is co-hosting the event for us: http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/linuxcon LinuxCon registration is a requirement for attending the SELinux Developer Summit. The current discounted registration rate ends on August 15th.
If you’re still considering whether to attend the SELinux Developer Summit, keep in mind that in addition to being part of LinuxCon, there’s also Linux Plumbers directly following that at the same venue, which includes a general Linux security microconf. Travel budgets are tight for everyone this year, so hopefully the co-location of these events will help make a business case for people who are still working on travel approval.
For those who can’t make it, we’ll try and ensure that all available materials and minutes from the event are published in a timely manner. I’d encourage those who are able to attend to blog/dent/tweet anything related to the event that they feel might be useful to others.