Department of Defense creates their own Linux distro

Aimed at telecommuters, the Department of Defense (DoD) has released a lightweight Linux distro aimed at telecommuters who need a secure VPN connection to their government websites.

The distro, called “Lightweight Portable Security” boots directly from a CD or Flash Drive, requiring no installation from the end user. While this is typical of most linux distros, it also comes packaged with a modified Firefox browser that accepts Common Access Cards and other physical authentication mechanisms that other distros may not support out of the box.

This is a good alternative for employees to use instead of their own operating system. The DoD can ensure employees are all on the same page by running their own Linux operating system. Since storage is not persistent, a simple reboot would wipe any malware that managed to make its way onto the system. If this is available for public download I will definitely be looking into this.


2 thoughts on “Department of Defense creates their own Linux distro

  1. Sounds like a good idea building a distro completely around security. Definitely something that would be useful to many people if it became available for public use. The reboot being your defense against security works, but what about worms while its in use? Isn’t it possible since its setup for VPN use, a worm could get on your machine and then spread into the network your connecting into? Most likely there’s some security against this or reason it cant happen. i just wasn’t seeing it.

  2. Here is the LPS site:

    The concept has been in the DoD for a few years. At least 3 that I know of, but I have never heard of anyone actually using it. Few are actually authorized to VPN into the Air Force network. It is mainly limited to commanders, senior enlisted and recruiters.

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