Monday Mar 05, 2007

Solaris 10 with Trusted Extensions extends Sun's Trusted Solaris legacy. See this comparison to Red Hat with SE Linux

You may have read my previous article about Solaris 10 Trusted Extensions and the security enhancements that it provides.  Glenn Faden is the lead architect for our Trusted Solaris products and has published two articles on Sun's Bigadmin web site.  Glenn has been in charge of our Trusted Solaris projects for over 15 years at Sun and knows security inside and out.

In two Bigadmin articles he compares the security models of Solaris 10 Trusted Extensions with RHEL 5.

 Solaris Trusted Extensions and Red Hat Enterprise Linux: Multilevel Security Policy Feature Summary Comparison
Glenn Faden (Distinguished Engineer, Sun Microsystems), February 2007

http://www.sun.com/bigadmin/features/hub_articles/mls_trusted_exts_table.jsp

Comparing the Multilevel Security Policies of the Solaris Trusted Extensions and Red Hat Enterprise Linux Systems
Glenn Faden (Distinguished Engineer, Sun Microsystems), February 2007

http://www.sun.com/bigadmin/features/hub_articles/mls_trusted_exts.jsp

Why should you care?

If security and separation of roles, networks and data is important, you should seriously consider using Solaris 10 11/06 which includes the Trusted Extensions.  There is no additional cost and it is developed as an open source project.  Feel free to join the community, contribute your comments, code and expertise.


About

Jim Laurent is an Oracle Sales consultant based in Reston, Virginia. He supports US DoD customers as part of the North American Public Sector hardware organization. With over 17 years experience at Sun and Oracle, he specializes in Solaris and server technologies. Prior to Oracle, Jim worked 11 years for Gould Computer Systems (later known as Encore).

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