Performance Improvements through Policy Reorganization in SELinux

SELinux의 정책 재구성을 통한 성능 개선

  • Received : 2017.01.13
  • Accepted : 2017.04.06
  • Published : 2017.04.28


SELinux is known as a secure operating system that is easily accessible to users due to the popularization of Linux, and is applied to various security operating system references deployed on systems such as embedded systems and servers. However, if SELinux is applied without considering the performance overhead of activating the SELinux kernel module, the performance of the entire system may be degraded. In this paper, we describe the factors directly affecting the performance inside the SELinux kernel and show that it is possible to improve performance by simply reorganizing the policy without changing the SELinux kernel. This can be used as a reference when security administrators or developers apply SELinux.


Secure OS;SELinux;Policy;Overhead;Type Enforcement


Supported by : 한화시스템(주)


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