Wind River Launches Software Platform Enabling Multilevel Secure Systems for National Security
VxWorks MILS Platform 2.0 provides customers with a robust operating system foundation and an award-winning development environment to build multilevel secure (MLS) systems. The platform includes a VxWorks runtime environment, allowing Wind River customers to leverage their in-house VxWorks experts as well as legacy VxWorks application code within new multilevel secure systems, and a high-assurance runtime environment for development of guards, downgraders, and other components requiring the highest security.
The Boeing Company, General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, Lockheed Martin Corporation, and Raytheon Company are among the companies working with VxWorks MILS Platform 2.0.
"The high performance and mature functionality of VxWorks MILS Platform 2.0 is based on seven years of customer experience with our time- and space-partitioning operating system for avionics implemented in more than 160 projects worldwide," said Marc Brown, vice president of marketing and strategy, VxWorks Product Division, Wind River. "Customers that will develop on VxWorks MILS will benefit materially from the reduction of development time, cost, and risk that our solution offers, while also remaining confident knowing they have a comprehensive, secure, and stable solution backed by industry leader Wind River."
The VxWorks MILS Platform 2.0 features:
- VxWorks MILS separation kernel, developed to conform to the NIAP-validated U.S. Government Protection Profile for Separation Kernels in Environments Requiring High Robustness, Version 1.03 (SKPP);
- Direct support for high-assurance customer applications in partitions, such as guards and downgraders, using the High Assurance Environment, including a simple separation kernel interface and secure inter-partition communication (SIPC);
- VxWorks Guest Operating System in partitions, enabling direct porting of existing VxWorks applications;
- Wind River industry-specific networking technology stacks including IPv4, UDP, and TCP;
- An extensive offering of targeted drivers and partner middleware; and
- Wind River Workbench, the leading Eclipse-based development suite.
VxWorks MILS 2.0 is officially listed as "In Evaluation" by the National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP), operated by the National Security Agency (NSA), for conformance to the Common Criteria Evaluation Assurance Level (EAL) 6+ and High Robustness. An EAL6+, High Robustness-certified operating system is designed to be "a highly robust foundation for system services and applications in mission-critical systems" according to the SKPP.
VxWorks MILS 2.0 is built using Type-1 hypervisor technology, derived from the Wind River Hypervisor product, also launched today. Wind River Hypervisor provides high- performance virtualization for single and multicore processors across a range of vertical market segments. This approach in the VxWorks MILS architecture maximizes performance (by minimizing partitioning overhead), maximizes determinism (by reducing partition jitter), and improves fault isolation and recovery (by isolating guest operating systems and associated applications). The virtualization provided by the hypervisor, coupled with the security properties of the entire VxWorks MILS separation kernel, results in a MILS architecture designed to provide a high level of assurable security.
Wind River's VxWorks MILS Platform 2.0 will be available on June 26, 2009 on Power Architecture MPC8641D on the Curtiss-Wright high performance VPX6-185 single board computer. For more information, visit: www.windriver.com/products/platforms/vxworks-mils/.
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