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Red Hat Achieves Top Security Certification For Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6

Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced that Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, including the KVM hypervisor, has been awarded the Common Criteria Certification at Evaluation Assurance Level (EAL) 4+ – the highest level of assurance for an unmodified commercial operating system – for the Operating System Protection Profile (OSPP) including extended modules for Advanced Management, Advanced Audit, Labeled Security, and Virtualization for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 on Dell, HP, IBM and SGI hardware.

The Common Criteria is an internationally recognized set of standards used by the federal government and other organizations to assess the security and assurance of technology products. In the Common Criteria scheme, EAL represents the depth and rigor of the evaluation, giving consumers the confidence that products specified at a specific level meet the package of security assurance requirements associated with that level.

This certification provides government agencies, financial institutions, and customers in other security-sensitive environments the assurance that Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 meets government security standards. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 features Security-Enhanced Linux (SELinux), a joint project developed with the National Security Agency (NSA). This Common Criteria certification provides assurance that using Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 with the KVM hypervisor allows providers to host many tenants on the same machine while keeping their virtual guests separated from each other using Mandatory Access Control technology developed by the NSA.

Red Hat worked extensively with Dell, HP, IBM and SGI to certify Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 on a broad spectrum of hardware. As part of this certification effort, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 has achieved Common Criteria Certification on the following hardware:
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 with virtualization support:
    • Dell based on x86 64bit Intel:
      • Dell PowerEdge R720, R620, R820, R520, R320, R420
      • Dell PowerEdge T620, T420, T320
      • Dell PowerEdge M620, M520, M420, M820
    • HP based on x86 64bit Intel Xeon processors:
      • HP ProLiant ML 100 and 300 series G6 product line
      • HP ProLiant DL 100 series G6, 300 series G6 and G7, 500 series G7, 900 series G7 product line
      • HP ProLiant BL 200 series G6 and G7, 400 series G6 and G7, 600 series G5, 600 series G7 product line
      • HP ProLiant SL 100 series G6 product line
    • HP based on AMD64 processors:
      • HP ProLiant DL 100 series G7, 500 series G7, 700 series G6 product line
      • HP ProLiant BL 600 series G6 product line
      • HP ProLiant SL 100 series G7 product line
    • IBM based on x86 64bit Intel Xeon processors:
      • IBM System x: x3400 M2, x3400 M3, x3500 M2, x3500 M3, x3550 M2, x3550 M3, x3620 M3, x3630 M3, x3650 M2, x3650 M3
      • IBM BladeCenter: HS22 and HS22V
      • IBM iDataPlex: dx360 M2, dx360 M3
      • IBM X5 systems: x3850 X5, x3950 X5, x3690 X5
    • SGI based on x86 64bit Intel Xeon processors:
      • SGI® UV™ 1000, SGI® UV™ 100
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 without virtualization support:
    • All hardware listed above under “Red Hat Enterprise Linux with virtualization support”
    • IBM Power Systems based on POWER7 processors
    • IBM System z based on z/Architecture processors

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 was certified by BSI, Germany's Federal Office for Information Security. To facilitate this certification, Red Hat worked with atsec information security, a U.S. government and BSI accredited laboratory, which tested and validated the security, performance and reliability of the solution against the Common Criteria Standard for Information Security Evaluation (ISO/IEC 15408) at EAL4+, the highest level of assurance for an unmodified commercial operating system, for the Operating System Protection Profile (OSPP) including extended modules for Advanced Management, Advanced Audit, Labeled Security, and Virtualization for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 on Dell, HP, IBM and SGI hardware.

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