Novell Acquires Immunix, Delivers Industry's Best Application Security for Linux

Easy to Use, Open Source-Based Solution Protects Linux Environments Against

Malicious Attacks and Viruses

May 10, 2005, 01:00 ET from Novell, Inc.

    WALTHAM, Mass., May 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Novell (Nasdaq:   NOVL) today
 announced it has acquired Immunix, Inc., a leading provider of host-based
 application security solutions for Linux. Immunix is the creator of AppArmor,
 the most effective and easy-to-use Linux application security system available
 today. The new product, to be called Novell(R) AppArmor powered by
 Immunix(TM), protects both the Linux* operating system and applications from
 external or internal attacks, viruses, and malicious applications. As a
 result, businesses can protect key corporate data, reduce network
 administration costs, and comply with government regulations.
    "Businesses understand attacks on their mission-critical applications can
 hit their bottom line unexpectedly and with grave results," said Novell
 chairman and CEO Jack Messman. "Only Novell AppArmor provides an
 enterprise-class security system for Linux that is easy to implement, deploy
 and maintain. Novell customers will sleep better at night knowing their
 applications are protected."
     Novell AppArmor's proactive security reduces the need for urgent, reactive
 patching by stopping attacks before they can impact the system, allowing
 patching to become a scheduled maintenance activity, not an emergency.
 AppArmor offers a set of predefined security policies for popular applications
 such as Web, e-mail and remote login, as well as wizards that make it easy to
 create and deploy custom security policies. The built-in reporting and alert
 features allow IT professionals to ensure compliance with security regulations
 quickly and easily, and to receive instant notifications when intrusions do
     The addition of AppArmor expands Novell's commitment to enterprise-class
 security. Novell's SUSE(R) LINUX Enterprise Server 9 was the first commercial
 Linux distribution to support Security Enhanced Linux (SELinux) and to receive
 Evaluation Assurance Level 4+ (EAL4+) certification.
     "Security through application containment has emerged as a favored way to
 protect applications from compromise and to protect applications from one
 another," said Al Gillen, research director, system software at IDC. "The
 acquisition of Immunix is a complementary addition to Novell's Linux
 portfolio, and ties directly into Novell's focus on bringing SUSE LINUX
 Enterprise Server up-market to datacenter customers."
     "Intel and Novell have been working together on a common strategy to
 assist IT organizations in provisioning and managing their systems. The
 integration of Immunix AppArmor into the Novell product line is aligned with
 this strategy as it gives Novell customers a powerful solution for mitigating
 the effects of application vulnerabilities," said Jon Bork, director, Open
 Source Program Office of Intel Corporation. "IT organizations will
 increasingly be able to depend on Novell running on Intel-based platforms with
 Intel(R) Virtualization Technology and Intel(R) Active Management Technology
 to enhance security and manageability."
     Immunix, founded in Portland, Ore., in 1998, was instrumental in the
 development of the security architecture of the Linux kernel and has close
 ties with the Linux development community. "Security is our passion, not just
 our profession," said Crispin Cowan, CTO and co-founder of Immunix. "Our
 engineers were able to use their substantial and specialized IT experience to
 produced the Immunix core host-based Linux security technology. We are excited
 to be joining forces with Novell and gaining the ability to provide our
 solution to a global market."
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