AOA Forums AOA Forums AOA Forums Folding For Team 45 AOA Files Home Front Page Become an AOA Subscriber! UserCP Calendar Memberlist FAQ Search Forum Home


Go Back   AOA Forums > Software > OS, Software, Firmware, and BIOS


Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Rate Thread
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 3rd December, 2008, 06:38 PM
Daniel ~'s Avatar
Chief BBS Administrator
 
Join Date: September 2001
Location: Seattle Wa.
Posts: 45,606

The New Secure Operating System

Written by Daniel
Wednesday, 03 December 2008
Commercial availability of NSA-certified OS casts spotlight on best practices for securing existing operating systems

Dec 02, 2008 | 03:19 PM
By Kelly Jackson Higgins
DarkReading

The secure operating system standard will never be the same now that a National Security Agency-certified OS has gone commercial,....[Front page...]
__________________
"Though all men live in ignorance before mystery,
they need not live in darkness...
Justice is foundation and Mercy ETERNAL
."
DKE

"All that we do is touched by Ocean
Yet we remain on the shore of what we know."
Richard Wilbur

[img]/forum/attachments/random-nonsense/16515-sigs-dan_drag.jpg[/img]
Subscribers! Ask Pitch about a Custom Sig Graphic

Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 5th December, 2008, 03:21 PM
Chief Systems Administrator
 
Join Date: September 2001
Location: Europe
Posts: 13,075

Green Hills Software are the only people to have an EAL-6 certified OS. However, they're not the only people who have been working on it. Lynuxworks and VxWorks are also working towards it.

However, there's still no EAL-7 certified OS - which is the highest rating.
__________________
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 5th December, 2008, 07:33 PM
Daniel ~'s Avatar
Chief BBS Administrator
 
Join Date: September 2001
Location: Seattle Wa.
Posts: 45,606

I was wondering to what extent the release of this OS will just raise the bar for hackers....I mean, now that it's going to be widely available and used "Where the money is" Aren't hacker going to concentrate their effort to bring this OS to it's knees?

Or is EAL-6 that good! ":O}
__________________
"Though all men live in ignorance before mystery,
they need not live in darkness...
Justice is foundation and Mercy ETERNAL
."
DKE

"All that we do is touched by Ocean
Yet we remain on the shore of what we know."
Richard Wilbur

[img]/forum/attachments/random-nonsense/16515-sigs-dan_drag.jpg[/img]
Subscribers! Ask Pitch about a Custom Sig Graphic

Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 6th December, 2008, 06:27 AM
Gizmo's Avatar
Chief BBS Administrator
BassTeroids Champion, Global Player Champion, Aim & Fire Champion, Puzzle Maniax Champion, Othello Champion, Canyon Glider Champion, Unicycle Challenge Champion, YetiSports 9: Final Spit Champion, Zed Champion
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Webb City, Mo
Posts: 16,178
Send a message via ICQ to Gizmo Send a message via AIM to Gizmo Send a message via MSN to Gizmo Send a message via Yahoo to Gizmo Send a message via Skype™ to Gizmo

'Security is not a destination, it is a journey'

There is no useful system that is 100% secure. It's a contradiction in terms, like 'honest politician'.

Security is essentially a risk mitigation strategy. First, you want to try to make it so difficult to obtain some benefit from hacking the system, that the reward is not worth the pain. Second, assuming the system will be cracked anyway, you want to try to ensure that you can minimize the damage that will occur to a level that is 'acceptable'. How you define that level is a complex decision that involves considering how long it will take you to repair the damage and what kind of liability the damage will open you up to, among other things.

Can this OS eventually be cracked? Almost certainly, given the right set of tools, sufficient time, and the proper motivation.

WILL it be cracked? Well, that rather depends on who wants in, and what is being protected.

I do find it interesting, however, that they are touting it more as a virtualization host on which to run other platforms (like Windows) than as the application OS in its own right. If I've got my OS running in a virtual session, and that OS gets compromised, it really doesn't matter a whole lot to me if the host is compromised as well or not; MY environment has been compromised.

In other words, while this could have some value to hosting companies and such, I'm a little lost as to see how it could be of much value in the larger world, unless the applications I am depending on are written to run in that OS natively.

Last edited by Gizmo; 6th December, 2008 at 06:36 AM.
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 8th December, 2008, 08:05 PM
Daniel ~'s Avatar
Chief BBS Administrator
 
Join Date: September 2001
Location: Seattle Wa.
Posts: 45,606

Thank you for opening my eyes.":O}
__________________
"Though all men live in ignorance before mystery,
they need not live in darkness...
Justice is foundation and Mercy ETERNAL
."
DKE

"All that we do is touched by Ocean
Yet we remain on the shore of what we know."
Richard Wilbur

[img]/forum/attachments/random-nonsense/16515-sigs-dan_drag.jpg[/img]
Subscribers! Ask Pitch about a Custom Sig Graphic

Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote
Reply



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
VMS Operating System Is 30 Years Old Gizmo OS, Software, Firmware, and BIOS 0 6th November, 2007 06:32 AM
Operating System calhoun General Hardware Discussion 13 19th November, 2005 10:26 PM
prefered Operating system for gaming? majestic GAMES! OH YEAH! 26 13th October, 2005 12:45 PM
Lindows Operating System Just_tweak_it OS, Software, Firmware, and BIOS 1 20th June, 2005 09:25 AM
I am writing my own Operating System Garfield OS, Software, Firmware, and BIOS 16 15th May, 2002 01:10 AM


All times are GMT +1. The time now is 09:41 PM.


Copyright ©2001 - 2010, AOA Forums
Don't Click Here Don't Click Here Either

Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.3.0