Linux Security Summit 2014

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The Linux Security Summit (LSS) is a technical forum for collaboration between Linux developers, researchers, and end users. Its primary aim is to foster community efforts in analyzing and solving Linux security challenges.

The format of the summit will be:

  • Refereed presentations
  • Subsystem updates
  • Breakout development sessions


The Linux Security Summit for 2014 will be held across 18 and 19 August in Chicago, USA. It will be co-located with LinuxCon, along with the Kernel Summit and other events.

All attendees and presenters must be registered to attend LinuxCon.

The venue location is the 2nd Floor, "Superior" room A/B


Day 1 (Monday 18th August)

Time Title Presenter
09:00 Keynote Talk: Security and Boundaries (slides) (LWN coverage) James Bottomley, Parallels
09:50 Break
10:00 Verified Component Firmware (slides) Kees Cook, Google
10:45 Protecting the Android TCB with SELinux (slides) (LWN coverage) Stephen Smalley, NSA
11:30 Break
11:45 Tizen, Security and the Internet of Things (slides) Casey Schaufler, Intel
12:30 Lunch (self-funded at a nearby location)
14:00 Capsicum on Linux (slides) David Drysdale, Google
14:45 Quantifying and Reducing the Kernel Attack Surface (slides) Anil Kurmus, IBM
15:30 Break
15:45 Extending the Linux Integrity Subsystem for TCB Protection (slides) David Safford & Mimi Zohar, IBM
16:30 Trusted Kernel Lock-down Patch Series -- discussion (slides) Kees Cook, Google
17:00 Finish

Day 2 (Tuesday 19th August)

Time Title Presenter
09:00 SELinux update (slides) Paul Moore, Red Hat
09:20 AppArmor update (slides) Tyler Hicks, Canonical
09:40 Integrity update (slides) Mimi Zohar, IBM
10:00 Smack update (slides) Casey Schaufler, Intel
10:20 Break
10:30 Crypto update (slides) Herbert Xu, Red Hat
10:50 Seccomp update (slides) Kees Cook, Google
11:20 Break-out Session #1
12:30 Lunch (self-funded at a nearby location)
14:00 EXT4 Encryption - discussion (slides) Michael Halcrow & Ted Ts'o, Google
15:00 Break
15:15 Application Confinement with User Namespaces (slides) Serge Hallyn & Stéphane Graber, Canonical
16:00 Break-out Session #2
17:00 Finish

Call for Participation

The CFP is now closed.

The program committee currently seeks sought proposals for:

  • Refereed Presentations: 45 minutes in length, including at least 10 minutes of discussion. Papers are encouraged.
  • Discussion Topics: 30 minutes in length.

Topic areas include, but are not limited to:

  • System hardening
  • Access control
  • Cryptography
  • Integrity control
  • Hardware security
  • Networking
  • Storage
  • Virtualization
  • Desktop
  • Tools
  • Management
  • Case studies
  • Emerging technologies, threats & techniques

Proposals should be submitted in plain text via email to the program committee at: lss-pc (_at_)

Abstracts should be approximately 150 words in total.

Program Committee

The Linux Security Summit for 2014 is organized by:

  • James Morris, Oracle
  • Serge Hallyn, Canonical
  • Paul Moore, Red Hat
  • Stephen Smalley, NSA
  • Joshua Brindle, Quark Security
  • Herbert Xu, Red Hat
  • John Johansen, Canonical
  • Kees Cook, Google
  • Casey Schaufler, Intel
  • Mimi Zohar, IBM

The program committee may be contacted as a group via email: lss-pc [at]