IBM and SuSE Linux Achieve First Ever Security Certification of Linux

IBM and SuSE Linux have announced that SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 has achieved Common Criteria Security running on IBM eServer xSeries, making it the first ever security certification of Linux.

This is a significant milestone in the maturation of Linux and enables its adoption by governments and companies for mission critical environments. The product has earned an Evaluation Assurance Level 2+ (EAL2) certification, which is expected to meet the Common Operating Environment (COE) standard later this year. IBM and SuSE have also filed for a higher level of security certification for SuSE Linux, the Controlled Access Protection Profile with EAL3+ across the IBM eServer product line. This announcement demonstrates IBM's commitment to enterprise infrastructure that is secure, cost effective and open. The Common Criteria evaluation marks yet another first for SuSE, and will further reassure companies of the high quality and security of the SuSE Linux Enterprise Server.