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Linux, Common Criteria, and OS Protection Profiles

In 2011, computer and network security news stories, which were previously the preserve of specialist journals and blogs, have become commonplace in the mainstream media. There are now many different types of threat, which are sometimes categorised into hacktivist, e-crime and most recently,advanced persistent threats (APT). Whilst some of these attacks have exploited zero day vulnerabilities, many of these attacks…

Fun with VxWorks MILS 2.1

It’s been a while since my previous blog, as I have been rather preoccupied with responding to a number of RFPs. However, I’ve managed to find some time to work on some demos for VxWorks MILS 2.1, which has been fun. VxWorks MILS 2.1 introduced support for Wind River Linux as a Guest OS (VxWorks Guest OS and High Assurance…

National Cybersecurity Strategy

On Monday, the UK government published its new national security strategy (PDF). This outlines the current and emerging security threats to the UK national interests, ranked by priority based on likelihood and impact. What caught my attention was the fact that the Tier 1 (highest priority) threats include:   'Hostile attacks on UK cyber space by other states and large…

VxWorks MILS 2.1 Platform hands-on

Last week, I visited Wind River headquarters in Alameda, California, to learn about VxWorks MILS Platform 2.1 and to get hands-on experience with the release. I had been looking forward to the trip, as the 2.1 release adds some significant new capabilities: Wind River Linux as a guest operating system and the new High Assurance Network Stack (see Bill Graham's…

South African A&D Seminars

Tomorrow, I will be traveling to South Africa to present at the Wind River Aerospace & Defence Seminars which will be held in Pretoria and Cape Town next week. I'm really looking forward to the events, as we will be covering some interesting topics including the latest trends in Aerospace & Defence, including Safety and Security. This will also be the…

RTLinux acquisition from FSMLabs

I was really pleased to see the news about Wind River's acquisition of RTLinux hard real-time Linux (ZDnet) from FSMLabs. Linux is already starting to be used in certain types of Aerospace & Defence applications due to its maturity (which I discussed in the previous blogs: 'Linux in Aerospace & Defence' and 'Linux fit for Defence'), but these are mainly…

Linux fit for Defense

In an earlier blog, I commented on the potential use of Linux in Aerospace & Defense, but I didn't provide any background information to support my assertion that people seem to either love or hate Linux, and that often their views are formed from emotive arguments and prejudice rather than rational fact-based discussions. Last week, Paul Tingey discussed some interesting…

Linux in Aerospace and Defense

In a recent blog entry, John Bruggeman considered the role of Linux in Automotive applications. He discussed the blurring of the distinction between car infotainment systems and driver assist systems. This got me thinking about the adoption of Linux in the Aerospace & Defence market, in particular the potential use of Linux and safety-critical avionics and military vehicles, which I…