The Lazy Genius

Security News & Brain Dumps from Xavier Ashe, a Bit9 Client Partner

Windows Server 2003 and XP SP2 have achieved Common Criteria EAL4

Posted by Xavier Ashe on December 15, 2005

Moments ago this information hit the press in the form of a press release and white paper that you can read by clicking here. Please take a look at the white paper to view the full details of this announcement – here is a brief summary…

To quote from the white paper “The independent certification of
Microsoft’s end-to-end platform products included the evaluation of
more than 20 real-world scenarios or “workloads” by Science
Applications International Corp.’s (SAIC’s) accredited Common Criteria
testing lab. SAIC adheres to strict standards, and conducts rigorous
and exhaustive testing at the source-code level to determine
certifications.”

The significance to ME is that this is INDEPENDENT accessment including RIGOROUS source code assessment OF REAL WORLD SCENARIOS.

Kudos to Microsoft.  Steve Lamb sure is excited.

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