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The Inquirer: Red Hat Embarrassed by SuSE Certification

Aug 18, 2003, 16:00 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Egan Orion)

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"Last February, Red Hat and Oracle jointly announced cooperation to obtain Common Criteria (CC) certification for the Red Hat Advanced Server operating system and the Oracle 9i Release 2 database running on that platform. But at LinuxWorld last week, IBM and SuSE revealed their achievement (LWN) of CC Enterprise Assurance Level 2+ (EAL2+) certification first, with SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 on the IBM xSeries platforms, thus beating Red Hat and Oracle to this critical security milestone.

"Rumor is that Red Hat's Common Criteria certification effort is stalled, held up indefinitely by the UK-based testing laboratory Red Hat selected to do the work. The UK lab's certification board reportedly hasn't even met as yet to review and approve Red Hat's CC EAL2 testing proposal and plan, incurring several months of all too typical bureaucratic delay.

"Compounding this situation, Red Hat Advanced Server was granted a Common Operating Environment (COE) certification this year by the US Department of Defense (DoD), but SuSE Linux Enterprise Server isn't anticipated to gain equivalent COE certification from the US DoD for several months..."

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