Secure hypervisor microkernel ready for download
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"OK Labs announced the availability of a verified, "bug-free
secure microkernel" version of its Linux-compatible OKL4
hypervisor. Currently downloadable free for non-commercial
evaluation on embedded ARM11 or x86 platforms, the "OKL4 Verified"
microkernel is designed for business-critical and mission-critical
applications in mobile/wireless devices, says the company.
"In August 2009, OK Labs (Open Kernel Labs) announced the
completion of a "sel4" research project, intended to provide formal
mathematical proof of the correctness of the microkernel used in
the firm's Linux-ready OKL4 hypervisor. The research was conducted
with NICTA (National Information and Communications Technology
Australia), OK Labs' incubator and investor, as well as researchers
from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Australia.
"NICTA's verified code base, now called OKL4 Verified, was
derived from the same open source L4 project that spawned OKL4,
says OK Labs. The verification process used with OKL4 Verified
eliminates a wide range of exploitable errors in the kernel, says
the company. These are said to include design flaws and code-based
errors like buffer overflows, null pointer dereference, and other
pointer errors, memory leaks, and arithmetic overflows and