in reply to Secure Linux

I can't imagine why an agency of the US government whose sole purpose is breaking other parties' security (cryptographically or otherwise) would release to the public a mechanism with which to increase the level of security on an individuals computer to a non-trivial level.

Why would an organization that spies (see Echelon Project) on the citizens who fund it, give away a product to make even one aspect of security easier for the common man and woman?

It just doesn't follow...

If it was not a "patch," and was instead it's own distibution, I would be highly suspect of the particular binary of GCC that came with said distribution. (Read Ken Thompson's thoughts on Trust and compilers. I will bet dollars to donuts that something sneaky is going on here.

Purple Monkey Dishwasher