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North Korea's Operating System Analyzed (theguardian.com) 98

Bruce66423 points out an analysis at The Guardian of North Korea's Red Star Linux-based OS, based on a presentation Sunday to the Chaos Communication Congress in Berlin : The features of their Fedora based OS include a watermarking system to enable tracking of files — even if unopened. The operating system is not just the pale copy of western ones that many have assumed, said Florian Grunow and Niklaus Schiess of the German IT security company ERNW, who downloaded the software from a website outside North Korea and explored the code in detail. ... This latest version, written around 2013, is based on a version of Linux called Fedora and has eschewed the previous version’s Windows XP feel for Apple’s OS X – perhaps a nod to the country’s leader Kim Jong-un who, like his father, has been photographed near Macs. The OS, unsurprisingly, allowed only tightly fettered access to web sites, using a whitelist approach that gives access to government-controlled or approved sites.
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North Korea's Operating System Analyzed

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  • New era (Score:3, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday December 27, 2015 @01:19PM (#51190825)

    In North Korea Fedora Forks You

  • by future assassin ( 639396 ) on Sunday December 27, 2015 @01:31PM (#51190869) Homepage

    be used by citizens in "democratic/free" countries to find out if they were violate by their countries gov/spy agencies?

    • by epyT-R ( 613989 )

      Of course. The People, through their People's deputies, can oversee their own surveillance. Welcome to Liberation!

    • No need, google already tracks everything you do.
  • Someone should strip out all the big brother BS, leave everything else alone, and put it back where DPRK citizens can get it.
  • by mlts ( 1038732 ) on Sunday December 27, 2015 @01:39PM (#51190903)

    TFA didn't have many details, but I wonder how the files were watermarked. Some metadata perhaps, that added atime/ctime/ and the computer's install ID?

    Perhaps a modification to the filesystem to allow for alternate data streams (a la NTFS) which would have a linked list of machines the file has sat on, which would be hidden from the user, and would move with the file?

    • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward

      TFA didn't have many details, but I wonder how the files were watermarked. Some metadata perhaps, that added atime/ctime/ and the computer's install ID?

      Perhaps a modification to the filesystem to allow for alternate data streams (a la NTFS) which would have a linked list of machines the file has sat on, which would be hidden from the user, and would move with the file?

      Given that this is based on Fedora, I would presume that they use Red Hat's existing watermarking functionality.

      Google it.

    • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday December 27, 2015 @02:35PM (#51191149)

      See https://www.insinuator.net/2015/07/redstar-os-watermarking/

  • by jeffb (2.718) ( 1189693 ) on Sunday December 27, 2015 @01:41PM (#51190919)

    Well, I guess that bit about "Here's to the crazy ones" carried more weight than we supposed.

    • ... perhaps a nod to the country’s leader Kim Jong-un who, like his father, has been photographed near Macs.

      Lemme guess - were they pointing at them?

  • I can hardly imagine a better name for a group that is analyzing an OS produced by North Korea.
  • Innovation (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Guppy ( 12314 ) on Sunday December 27, 2015 @02:32PM (#51191125)

    In some other country somewhere, I'm sure there there will be an official looking at this and thinking Red Star OS is a very good idea.

  • What is the link to the site where you downloaded it?
  • It's an interesting article...but the video linked to it is by someone who is fairly clueless about Linux. As it's well know that Red Star OS is Linux, the video's creator should have at least taken the time to learn more about Linux so that he could comment competently on Red Star. Disappointing.

  • Can it play crysis?
    Yes but its been modded so the NK's are powning the Americans
  • like his father, has been photographed near Macs.

    like his father, has been photographed near Big Macs. Lots of them

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