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Securing the future of openSUSE

April 1st, 2011 by

As a valued member of the openSUSE community, we couldn’t wait to bring you the good news. This post is to announce the release of a new security-oriented resource  currently being generated for the openSUSE/Novell suite of products and submitted to National Institute of Standards and Technology(NIST) as a definitive resource from which to assess and report upon the machine state of computer systems. Well, maybe we haven’t thought of a great logo or slogan for it yet, but if you read on I think you’ll agree that no matter what we call it, it’s super!

Starting on Friday, April 01 2011, a record for each security announcement released through the opensuse-security-announce mailinglist will be maintained on a cumulative basis within the Amazon EC2 Cloud for general public review and use. Once an announcement has reached our email inbox, we will be automatically generating a specifically formatted intermediate XML source code object.

The email is parsed using custom-built PERL Modules and a data structure is populated. The following construct presents an example view of the Novell array structure: