Monday, June 18th, 2007 at 9:26am

Red Hat Linux Gets Top Govt. Security Rating

Posted by Jordan Erickson

http://www.computerworld.com.au/index.php/id;306842912;fp;4194304;fpid;1 –

Earlier this month IBM was able to achieve EAL4 Augmented with ALC_FLR.3 certification for Red Hat Enterprise Linux, putting it on a par with Sun Microsystems Inc.’s Trusted Solaris operating system, said Dan Frye, vice president of open systems with IBM. This should make the software more appealing to some government agencies requiring strict security certifications for their technology.

From the article:

“This is the highest level of security function that anybody has,” Frye said (from article). “We have delivered LSPP functionality in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and we have certified that at the EAL4 level of assurance.”

This level of security certification is not usually required for enterprise contracts, but it is mandatory for some programs within government agencies such as the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. National Security Agency, Frye said.

Linux had already been certified at the EAL4 level, but this is the first time that the operating system has received the Labeled Security Protection Profile (LSPP) certification, which relates to its access-control features.

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