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Linux, Common Criteria and OS Protection Profiles

By Paul Parkinson 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,…

Embedded Virtualization to Underpin Next Generation Network-Centric Operations

By Chip Downing “Embedded virtualization” is a technology that is rapidly proliferating in global defense systems that deliver critical data to warfighters.  Embedded virtualization is typically instantiated in small layer of software called a hypervisor that controls all activities and functions on a microprocessor deployed in a military control and communications equipment. These hypervisors can be foundations for hosting a…

Unmanned Systems No Longer Require Human, or Canine, Participation

By Joe Wlad Forty-plus years ago, when automatic pilots were first used to perform automatic landings of large aircraft, there was a joke that was circulated among pilots everywhere. Future aircraft would be manned only by a single pilot and a dog. The pilot’s job would be to feed the dog. The dog’s job would be to bite the pilot…

IDEF 2011

By Paul Parkinson Last week, I attended the IDEF 2011 defence trade show  in Instanbul as part of the Wind River team exhibiting on the Tektronik (Turkish distributor) stand. Our partner, Curtiss-Wright, who were also exhibiting at the event, had kindly lent me a VPX chassis and VPX6-185 board, which I used to demonstrate a Cross-Domain Solution (CDS) demo running on…

Fun with VxWorks MILS 2.1

By Paul Parkinson 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…

The Dawn of a Paradigm Shift in Embedded Device Software Security

By Marc Brown The number of connected embedded and mobile devices is increasing exponentially, predicted to be in excess of 50 billion by 2020.  The lion’s share of this growth is expected to come from traditional market segments where there is an increasing push to transform sensing equipment to more autonomous embedded control, real-time telemetry, and proactive diagnostics. We all know…

Cost of security

By Alex Wilson Having read Paul Parkinson's blog about  the UK National CyberSecurity Strategy, it was interesting to read this article on the US government moves towards cloud computing. I have always been surprised by the seemingly complacent attitude towards security, especially with our approach of downloading daily patches and security fixes to the variety of software installed on our…

High Assurance Systems Development Using the MILS Architecture

By Paul Parkinson When I'm discussing VxWorks MILS with Wind River customers, I often find that in addition to wanting hear about the capabilities and features of the platform, they are also interested in the rationale for the MILS architecture and the implementation approach for the VxWorks MILS separation kernel. So, I've recently written a technical white paper "High Assurance…

Laws of Robotics

By Alex Wilson As a member of the UK Institute of Engineering and Technology, and a keen science fiction fan, it is always great fun when I see mention of advanced robotics applications in space! This month sees the article by Piers Bizony on "Robonaut flies in". This is a great article outlining the mission on the NASA Robonaut. Robonaut…

Airbus A400M and Boeing 787 Dreamliner first flight

By Alex Wilson Wow! What a week for our customers in Europe and USA! Last week saw the first flight of the Airbus A400M Military Transport and today the Boeing 787 Dreamliner took to the skies! Congratulations go out to Airbus, Boeing and all of their worldwide suppliers! Our man on the ground at Paine Field, Everett is Chip Downing,…