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Security odds n' sods

The IBM z/OS operating system (version 1.7) has been awarded Common Criteria certification at evaluation assurance level (EAL) 4+, trumpeted Atsec Information Security Corp., of Austin, Texas. Atsec, which conducted the evaluation, has called the z/OS the world's most complex OS. Big Blue itself FIPS 140-2 validation for the OpenSSL open-source security modules are cursing their plight these days. Back in January, the received certification from the National Institute of Standards and Technology. That premonition turned out to be premature, though. Shortly after the announcement, the Cryptographic Module Validation Program (a joint program between NIST and the Canadian Communications Security Establishment that validates products) requested additional changes to OpenSSL documentation and source-code packaging. The team has submitted those changes and is awaiting NIST response,

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