Sun releases Trusted Solaris 8

Sun releases Trusted Solaris 8

By Patricia Daukantas

GCN Staff

NOV. 27'The Trusted Solaris 8 operating system, released Nov. 20 by Sun Microsystems Inc., comes with role-based access control and a Java management console that resembles the one in SunSoft Solaris 8.

Trusted Solaris 8, the higher-security version of the proprietary Unix OS, doesn't have the superuser or root account common to Unix, said Mark Thacker, Sun's technical strategist for Solaris. The privileges associated with the root are divided among multiple users and tightly controlled.

Unlike its one-year-old predecessor, Trusted Solaris 7, the new OS is undergoing certification testing through the National Information Assurance Partnership's Common Criteria Evaluation and Validation Scheme [www.gcn.com/vol19_no15/enterprise/2158-1.html].

The Evaluation Assurance Level 4 rating that Sun is seeking for Trusted Solaris 8 corresponds to the existing B1 rating under the Trust Technology Assessment Program, Thacker said.

Sun is also having standard Solaris 8 evaluated for C2 level, or controlled access protection, certification under TTAP, Thacker said.

Trusted Solaris 8 runs on both single-CPU workstations and servers such as Sun's 64-processor Enterprise 10000, Thacker said.

Although Trusted Solaris 8 is a 64-bit environment, it runs on both the Sparc and IA-32 processor architectures. It is compatible with the IP Security protocol and the IP Version 6 protocol.

The pricing for Trusted Solaris 8 is identical for both Sparc and Intel editions. For machines with one or two CPUs, the price is $2,595; for three to eight CPUs, $11,995; for nine to 16 CPUs, $36,995; and for 17 to 32 CPUs, $100,000. The media kit, which contains complete documentation on CD-ROM, costs $995.

Contact Sun at 888-843-5282.

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