In August's meeting, David Jorm will present on the topic "Red Star OS".
Red Star OS is the North Korean Linux distribution of choice. Originally discovered by a Russian exchange student in Pyongyang, several versions have now been leaked. Red Star includes several interesting packages, including what looks like an anti-virus program. Analysis of the most recent leaked release shows that while it looks like AV - since it is intercepting file read/write hooks - it is far more sinister. The package is in fact fingerprinting certain files when they are read and viewed, allowing state security agents to construct an audit log of who viewed and distributed "illicit" media, such as regime-destroying South Korean soap operas. This presentation will briefly describe the offending package and community analysis efforts, and then explore the implications for North Korea's regime and security apparatus in detail.
David has been involved in the software industry for the last 15 years, with a focus on security. By day, he manages product security for IIX, as well as several open source projects such as OpenDaylight and ONOS. By night, he indulges his horrible fascination with North Korea, and has been quoted by a major newspaper as saying the North Korean nuclear program is "ready to rock".
Time: 5:30pm for a 6pm start. Lifts to Level 1 will be locked after 6pm. Please arrive before then!
Close: Session is expected to be completed by 7:30pm.
Location: RedHat Office, Level 1, 193 North Quay, Brisbane (Entrance to the building is via Herschel St)