Red Hat announced Wednesday that Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.1 received the Common Criteria Certification at Evaluation Assurance Level (EAL) 4+.

The certification is for an unmodified commercial operating system under the Operating System Protection Profile (OSPP). The Common Criteria is used by the Federal government to assess the security of technology products. Products that meet evaluation level four are methodically designed, tested, and reviewed.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 has also been certified to include use of advanced management, labeled security, runtime protection against programming errors, and packet filter.

Red Hat worked with the Federal government and Germany’s Federal Office for Information Security, to test and validate the product. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 is the most secure product that the company has certified under the Common Criteria.

“Not only does the Common Criteria certification demonstrate that Red Hat Enterprise Linux offers industry-leading security features, this achievement also marks our flagship operating system as the first to bring a framework for Linux container technology into the world of more secure, certified computing,” said Paul Smith, vice president and general manager of the Public Sector at Red Hat.

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Morgan Lynch is a Staff Reporter for MeriTalk covering Federal IT and K-12 Education.