North Korea’s Linux OS is hardly open sauce

north-korea-jong-i_2492687bOpen Saucers  have got under the bonnet of North Korea’s glorious Linux Operating system and discovered it is more oppressive than any proprietary licence can dream up.

Linux is supposed to open up the world, but the Red Star OS limits you to a North Korean government approved view of the world which is more proprietary and bat shit crazy than a company getting a patent for a rounded rectangle.

The system is designed to defend and protect itself from changes made from user space. We will analyse the interaction of the components and the protection mechanisms and provide information on how to deactivate some of the malicious functionality of Red Star OS.

The software watermarks files on USB sticks – to track people shuttling contraband material – and it also does not like people modifying it. It not only has extra safeguards around key system files, but will immediately reboot the PC if it detects changes to those files.

The included antivirus software and web browser point to internal servers, and even the encryption is custom developed.

The open sourcers who looked at the operating system said that it did come with some good security benefits, but it is designed to keep North Koreans isolated. You can’t modify the system to get around censorship in case you are tracked and shot with an anti-aircraft gun.