October 26, 2014

In brief: Red Hat gets EAL4+ Certification for Enterprise Linux 6

(LiveHacking.Com) – Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 has been awarded the Common Criteria Certification at Evaluation Assurance Level 4+ (EAL4+) for the Operating System Protection Profile (OSPP) including extended modules for Advanced Management, Advanced Audit, Labeled Security, and Virtualization. EAL4+ is the highest level of assurance for an unmodified commercial operating system.

Used by the federal government and other organizations, the Common Criteria is an internationally recognized set of standards used to assess the security and assurance of technology products. The newly awarded certification proves to government agencies, financial institutions, and other security-sensitive markets that Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 meets government security standards.

Part of the certification provides assurance that using RHEL 6 with the KVM hypervisor allows providers to host many guest operating systems on the same machine while keeping them separated from each other using Mandatory Access Control technology developed by the NSA.

“This is marks our 15th completed Common Criteria certification for Red Hat Enterprise Linux, earning Red Hat a place at the top of the list of the industry’s most certified operating systems. We’ve been deeply committed to security certifications so that customers can confidently turn to Red Hat for the expertise to deploy open source solutions at maximum security levels, and our work with Dell, HP, IBM and SGI on this certification reinforces that government customers can run Red Hat Enterprise Linux with confidence on a wide variety of hardware from many of the industry’s top providers,” said Paul Smith, vice president and general manager, Public Sector operations, Red Hat.

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