Sun debuts Trusted Solaris 8

Sun debuts Trusted Solaris 8

Trusted Solaris 8, Sun Microsystems Inc.'s new, high-security version of the Unix operating system, controls access according to user roles.

It has a Java management console like the one in SunSoft Solaris 8 but lacks the usual Unix superuser or root account, said Mark Thacker, Sun's technical strategist. Instead, it divides the root privileges among multiple users and tightly controls those privileges.

Trusted Solaris 8 is undergoing certification testing through the National Information Assurance Partnership's Common Criteria Evaluation and Validation Scheme [GCN, June 12, Page 32]. The Evaluation Assurance Level 4 rating Sun is seeking for Trusted Solaris 8 corresponds to the existing B1 rating under the Trust Technology Assessment Program, Thacker said.

Contact Sun at 888-843-5282.

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