Linked by David Adams on Thu 30th Jun 2011 15:40 UTC
Original OSNews Interviews OSNews interviews Alexander Tsolkas, security consultant, Director Sales & Marketing at Iπsec Ltd. Germany, and creator of HSS, or High Security Server, a highly secure Linux kernel and a proprietary management Control Panel. We ask him about his product and about the state of ultra high security computing.
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Marketing?
by Gullible Jones on Thu 30th Jun 2011 16:08 UTC
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This is interesting, but it also feels like Tsolkas is pushing his product. Not that he doesn't have a right to do that; but the whole thing looks just a little odd to me. And HSS doesn't seem to have much of a following; Googling it turns up this article and little else.

Also, I don't know Systrace from Adam, but considering the OpenBSD people consider it okay, I'm a bit confused by Tsolkas' dismissal of it as providing "bad security."

I'll admit I'm no security guru. But doesn't this smack a bit of scare marketing and FUD?

Edit: "Director Sales & Marketing..." Oh yeah. Duh.

Edited 2011-06-30 16:14 UTC

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RE: Marketing?
by Soulbender on Thu 30th Jun 2011 16:25 in reply to "Marketing?"
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2005-08-18

And HSS doesn't seem to have much of a following; Googling it turns up this article and little else.


Didn't you hear the man? They're keeping a low profile because everyone wants to steal the code for their open source product. Uhm..no wait...wtf.

I'm a bit confused by Tsolkas' dismissal of it as providing "bad security."


It's not, as long as you use it right. It certainly has some flaws but as long as you're aware of them and use the tool as intended it can be useful. Used wrong anything can be made to be "bad security".

I'll admit I'm no security guru. But doesn't this smack a bit of scare marketing and FUD?


Scare mongering = sales.

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RE[2]: Marketing?
by dzx6w3 on Thu 30th Jun 2011 19:07 in reply to "RE: Marketing?"
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2011-06-30

Hi Soulbender, it is me, Alex.

So let me give you some answers.n.runs AG is one of the best pentesting companies here in Germany and tested it. Call them, one of the two directors is American. http://www.nruns.com/_en/impressum.php. It is DOnald Lee.

You forgot the 4 Laptops in addition to the 2 LBs.

It first has been published in IDG Computerwoche in the online blog "Security Expert Council - called Security Expertenrat", but IDG closed that blog in 2010. Look it up in Google Cache please.

We are not afraid that somebody steels the code for the Unix OS, but for the control panel software (licenseware) which controls the security functions we have implemented. We have no intention of making people scary, we are just selling a secure OS.

Why do you argue so agressive? Be happy. Somebody invented something for good. By the way, Chief Developer was Marc Delling. Laugh, we are going to make our money with it anyhow, we already do. But just in case, that somebody spends 10 mandays in front of an SE-Linux to get it secure, we have a quicker, and well, of course a more expensive solution.

We send David a copy of the license soon, so maybe you got a chance to look at it too.

Bye for now, Alex

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RE[2]: Marketing?
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Thu 30th Jun 2011 19:13 in reply to "RE: Marketing?"
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Scare mongering = sales.


Yes, unfortunately it does create some sales, but it also scares away more informed customers. The article has me curious, but highly suspicious and dubious due to scaremongering tone. There have been a lot of snake oil security companies. Without wider distribution and use, it won't get the linux security community excited. If they get excited, then I'm excited and might consider it.

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RE[2]: Marketing?
by f0dder on Thu 30th Jun 2011 19:28 in reply to "RE: Marketing?"
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The security is obviously implemented in the closed-source administration tool!

... ;)

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RE: Marketing?
by dzx6w3 on Thu 30th Jun 2011 19:12 in reply to "Marketing?"
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2011-06-30

Hi Gullible Jones,

yes of course I do marketing for our new product, why not? IBM is doing marketing, HP does, Tesla does, and we do too. We have invested a lot of money and time in it.

Cheerio
Alex

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RE[2]: Marketing?
by Soulbender on Thu 30th Jun 2011 19:32 in reply to "RE: Marketing?"
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2005-08-18

An interview for a tech news site is the wrong venue for marketing your product. You'll just end up alienating your audience.
I"m sure many of the people here would have been more interested in an interview with Mark Dellinger.

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