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Linux kernel and U.S. government security standards

Security expert James Turnbull explains what Linux components satisfy the U.S. government's 'Protection Profile for Separation Kernels in Environments Requiring High Robustness."

Can Linux satisfy the security requirements of the U.S. government's 'Protection Profile for Separation Kernels in Environments Requiring High Robustness'?

The simple answer is no. However, with the addition of SELinux, which, by default, comes with Red Hat and can be added to other distributions, it goes some of the way toward meeting the requirements. It is my understanding that Red Hat Enterprise 4 and 5 have both been submitted for evaluation against the requirements of the standard. You might wish to check the NIST website for details of how these submissions have progressed.

This was first published in June 2006

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