Security

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Domesticated Robotics?

A discussion about robotics was started up in an online discussion forum.  A question was posed to the group:Will unmanned vehicles eventually see duty in civilian applications?Technology for unmanned military vehicles may eventually trickle down to commercial applications on Main Street. In the near future, autonomous vehicles will be used to deliver packages, collect garbage and fill potholes. http://bit.ly/bSrqfx The…

Virtually… Not Yours

So with all this virtualization going on, one computer can run multiple copies of an OS (or multiple OSs), all acting like they own the whole computer. With only some fancy shim layer keeping them from corrupting themselves and everything else, what are the implications for security?  Security is an issue that has been raised more frequently as computers have…

Virtually Yours…

This morning we've made a couple of announcements that will hopefully surprise and delight the Real Time computing community.  Wind River is releasing two new products that have their base in  virtualization: Wind River's Hypervisor, and Wind River's MILS 2.0.  Both of these products introduce platform virtualization, used in different ways.   Wind River's implementations allow for a "floatilla" of…

Security In An Insecure World

Diebold has apparently gaffe'd their software again.  Their ATM systems run software based on Windows.  This gives me a perfect opportunity.  Recently some of my friends heard me talking about our MILS software starting under it's evaluation path.  I heard a question being asked more and more about government programs and practices, "okay, but what good does this do for…

Security Breach?

Diebold Admits Systemic Audit Log FailureSACRAMENTO, California - Premier Election Solutions (formerly Diebold Election Systems) admitted in a state hearing Tuesday that the audit logs produced by its tabulation software miss significant events, including the act of someone deleting votes on election day. The company acknowledged that the problem exists with every version of its tabulation software.=======I'll leave it to…

What’s in a Kernel?

Recently my cohorts Paul Parkinson and Doug Gaff have been making a bit of noise about changes in the software industry - evolution of software, and specialized software for military and commercial avionics,and other applications that have strict time and security requirements.  Aside from requiring strict adherence to standards, critical systems software - especially medical or flight related - have…

Test as you… surprise!

There's an old adage in the world of flight - space flight, or otherwise. "Test as you fly, fly as you test." It's pretty short and sweet and straight-forward.  Don't fly what you haven't tested.  Test exactly the ways you expect to fly. In a big, round, wonderful world, it seems "funny" when we hear about problems related to living…