by Marcus Meissner
from SUSE

Marcus was born in 1973. He studied computer science in Erlangen, Germany and finished with Diploma. He worked for Caldera from 1999 until the closure of Caldera Linux Business in 2002. He is working for SUSE since 2002, and in the security team since 2004. He has lead the team until begin of 2013 and is now the security project manager. He also is part of the openSUSE Maintenance team and works on a lot of openSUSE packages. In his spare time he is a gphoto (digital camera access library) and Wine developer.

Last year was a quite busy year on the security front, various big issues
happened, so its good to tell what security has done there and is doing for
openSUSE and SUSE in general here.

The talk will give a brief overview of how the SUSE Security Team works
and operates. We will look at the reactive work including statistics,
and also look at proactive secure development lifecycle activities.

I will also highlight some of the big security issues we faced over the
last year.

- Stack Clash from mid of 2017.

Overview of the problem, what we do for mitigations, and our long way
for compiler mitigations.

- Meltdown and Spectre

As we hoped never to have a StackClash like issue again, CPU sidechannel
issues surfaced which needed kernel mitigations begin of January.

I will give an overview over what these issues are, and how
we mitigated them or are still mitigating them.

I will also talk about one of my projects done in the last year:

- Full PIE enablement for the distribution and its long road to Factory.

2018 May 26 11:00
45 min
107 (Small)
openSUSE Conference 2018
Open Source