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Wind River Linux Secure is a Common Criteria security-certified Linux with advanced security features based on Wind River's standard general purpose Linux distribution. The product meets all the Common Criteria requirements for medium robustness and is being certified to EAL4+, using the new General Purpose Operating System Protection Profile (GP-OSPP). The product will also comply with National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) standards for Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) 140-2 certification for cryptographic services.
Companies in aerospace and defense, industrial, energy, and medical markets are experiencing increasing demand for moderate to high levels of independently assured security and cost-effective open source certified solutions. With Wind River Linux Secure, companies can expect to meet their security needs as well as choose the best platform from the widely used Linux-based open source solutions.
Upon certification to Common Criteria EAL4+, Wind River Linux Secure is expected to be the first commercial embedded Linux operating system accepted by NIAP, enabling Linux to be deployed securely on hardware from multiple vendors, including Freescale, Intel, and Texas Instruments Incorporated. The certified open standards platform, with full traceability to source code for all Linux modules, will provide greater flexibility, interoperability, and transparency in developing secure software systems, resulting in faster time-to-market and lower development costs.
To reduce the risks typically associated with open source software, the tested and validated product is also backed by Wind River's global support and services organizations. Companies requiring an EAL4+-certified Linux distribution can simply use Wind River Linux Secure instead of undertaking Common Criteria and FIPS security certification directly and avoid the high-risk, formal certification process.
Wind River Linux Secure will initially be available on selected platforms of Intel Architecture, Power Architecture, and ARM. The introduction of Wind River Linux Secure is expected in the first half of 2011.
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