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Challenge to Linux -- Microsoft obtains C2 Certification for NT 4.0

Dec 04, 1999, 03:04 (34 Talkback[s])

[ Linux Today reader TC writes: ]

For Linux Today readers, you might be interested that Microsoft has recieved C2 certification. Go to http://www.microsoft.com/security/issues/c2summary.asp for more information.

"On December 02, 1999, the US Government announced that Microsoft Windows NT Server and Workstation 4.0 had completed a successful evaluation at the C2 level according to the Trusted Computer System Evaluation Criteria (TCSEC). The TCSEC, more familiarly known as the "Orange Book", is perhaps the best-known governmental evaluation process for IT systems. C2 is widely acknowledged to be the highest evaluation rating that can be achieved by a general-purpose operating system. The Windows NT 4.0 evaluation included servers and workstations in six different roles, operating in both TCP/IP networked and stand-alone modes."

Seeing that Linux has not achieved C2 certification or FIPS-140 certification, I am sure Microsoft will be using this in upcoming "marketing" as a reason why NT is better than Linux. While it may make for good "marketing", we all should remember that security is "tough" work.

I personally would like to see Linux address C2 and FIPS-140 certification since it is becoming a daily deciding factor in U.S. Goverment (especially DoD) purchasing decisions. Up to this point only Netscape on Solaris has been FIPS-140 Level 2 certified, and I am sure now Microsoft will be pushing to have NT running IIS run more external Government Web Services, which for organizations that enforced the FIPS-140 requirement has been a stumbling block for Microsoft.

I am sure the comments will be numerous. I would hope readers who concentrate on the underlying issue, however, of placing Linux before Government testers and get it certified, also.