NIAP certifies Linux

Linux vendor Red Hat and IBM Corp. said this week that the National Information Assurance Partnership has approved Red Hat's Enterprise Linux 5 operating system running on IBM servers for Common Criteria certification at augmented Evaluation Assurance Level 4.

NIAP certified Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 on IBM servers at EAL 4+ with protection profiles for labeled security, controlled access and role-based access control, Red Hat and IBM said. The certification means Enterprise Linux 5 running on IBM servers meets federal requirements for secure sharing of information within and among federal agencies.

Common Criteria is an internationally standardized framework for matching end-user security requirements with vendor product specifications. For the United States, National Security Telecommunications and Information Systems Security Policy No. 11 mandates that agencies use Common Criteria-evaluated equipment and software for networks carrying sensitive information.

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