AIX 7 receives OSPP/EAL4+ Common Criteria Security Certification

The AIX 7 Operating System has received the new, Operating System Protection Profile Version 2.0 BSI-CC-PP-0067-2010 with the OSPP Extended Packages: General Purpose Cryptography, Integrity Verification, Virtualization,  Advanced Management, and Labeled Security at the EAL4+ level

The new OSPP Common Criteria certification replaced the previous Common Criteria certification such as the old Common Access Protection Profile (CAPP)

AIX has had a long history of receiving security certifications going back to the old C2 standard that AIX 4.2 was certified on back in 1997. As security certifications evolved to the Common Criteria standards, CAPP/EAL4+, successive releases of AIX including AIX 5.2, AIX 5.3 and AIX 6 all received certification.

In 2010 the Common Criteria organizations established the new OSPP standard as an evolution of the Common Criteria standard to address the fundamental changes in the industry as the result of the migration from single isolated systems to networked, multi-system environments

The Target of Evaluations (TOE) for this new AIX 7 certification includes an evaluation of the PowerVM Virtual I/O Server (VIOS).

Common Criteria certifications are based on a set of internationally recognized technical standards and configurations that are used to evaluate the security of Information Technology products and technology.

IT organizations typically use Common Criteria certification as one measure of the suitability of a particular computing technology for use in their business.

Obtaining a Common Criteria certification is a long and expensive process and this most recent certification is a testimony to the IBM commitment to AIX and Power Systems.


OSPP certificate for AIX 7 dated August 20, 2012


About Jay Kruemcke

Jay has had more than twenty years of experience in the information technology industry. Starting from a rather humble beginning at IBM, Jay became a mainframe systems support programmer. Eventually Jay joined the AIX operating systems development team early in that product's development. Jay leveraged technical skills that he built in systems management to establish himself as a member of the IBM Austin Executive Briefing Center. His expertise in systems management with the SAP ERP system enabled his first product management role, as the owner of the Tivoli management product for SAP. Over the next three years he established that product as a success with the help of a strong development team. Jay returned to AIX in a product management position initially focusing on managing new requirements for the AIX operating system. Jay established himself as a subject manager expert in AIX and Power Systems virtualization and became a frequent guest at conferences around the world. Jay succumbed to the dark side and spent four years in IBM marketing in which he introduced AIX version 6 and AIX version 7 and many product innovations including the first every open beta program for an AIX release and a significant restructuring of the AIX offering structure and prices. Jay was part of the cloud software development organization and and focused on managing development engagements for clients deploying clouds using Power Systems servers with PowerVC and related products. In March of 2016, Jay retired from IBM and started in a new role as a product manager for SUSE, the Open Software company. Jay new focus is on enterprise Linux for POWER and ARM processor based systems. The postings on this site solely reflect the personal views of the author and do not necessarily represent the views, positions, strategies or opinions of my employer. Follow me on twitter @mr_sles, @cloudrancher and @chromeaix.
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