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Archived U.S. Government Approved Protection Profile - U.S. Government Biometric Verification Mode Protection Profile for Basic Robustness Environments, Version 1.0

Short Name: pp_bvm_br_v1.0

Technology Type: Biometrics

CC Version: 2.x

Date: 12 January 2006

Succeeded By: pp_bvm_br_v1.1

Sunset Date: 21 March 2008 [Sunset Icon]

Conformance Claim: Basic Robustness

 

PP OVERVIEW

The U.S. Government Biometric Verification Mode Protection Profile for Basic Robustness Environments specifies the minimum functional and assurance security requirements for biometric products operating in verification mode to provide authentication allowing physical and logical access control to facilities as well as to information systems in basic robustness environments. Biometric systems are enabling technologies designed to augment existing security measures by positively authenticating individuals based on measurable physical features or behaviors. Due to the unique nature of a biometrics TOE and the desire of the PP authors to attempt to accommodate the wide range of biometric technologies, explicit requirements were necessary, as was a great deal of refinement of the CC requirements.
The requirements section of this PP specifies a need to protect biometric templates, to provide confidentially, and integrity during transmission. Since the biometric package (which includes the user identifier and their associated reference template(s)) may be stored in a device outside the control of the TOE, the biometrics the biometric package is may be encrypted prior to transmission outside the TOE so that modification of the package can be detected.  Since this PP operates in a basic robustness environment, the vendor will select the best method to protect this data. .
A TOE conformant to this PP satisfies the specified functional requirements, as well as the Basic Robustness assurance requirements that are expressed in Section 5.3 TOE Security Assurance Requirements. The assurance requirements were originally based upon Evaluated Assurance Level (EAL) 2. In order to gain the necessary level of assurance for basic robustness environments, the addition of FLC_FLR.2 (Flaw Reporting Procedures) and AVA_MSU.1 (Examination of Guidiance.) This PP defines:

  • assumptions about the security aspects of the environment in which the TOE will be used;
  • threats that are to be addressed by the TOE;
  • security objectives of the TOE and its environment;
  • functional and assurance requirements to meet those security objectives; and
  • rationale demonstrating how the requirements meet the security objectives, and how the security objectives address the threats.

SECURITY EVALUATION SUMMARY

The evaluation was performed under the Common Criteria Evaluation and Validation Scheme (CCEVS). The purpose of the evaluation was to demonstrate that the U.S. Government Biometric Verification Mode Protection Profile for Basic Robustness Environments meets the APE security assurance requirements according to the Common Criteria for Information Technology Security Evaluation, Version 2.1 and Part 2 of the Common Methodology for Information Technology Security Evaluation, Version 1.0. Validators on behalf of the CCEVS Validation Body monitored the evaluation carried out by COACT, Inc. CAFÉ Lab. The evaluation was completed on February 2, 2006. The results of the U.S. Government Biometric Verification Mode Protection Profile for Basic Robustness Environments evaluation can be found in U.S. Government Biometric Verification Mode Protection Profile for Basic Robustness Environments Validation Report prepared by the CCEVS Validation Team.

The evaluation was completed in February 2006. Results of the evaluation can be found in the Validation Report prepared by the National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP) CCEVS-VR-03-0050.

ENVIRONMENTAL STRENGTHS

The evaluation of the U. S. Government Biometric Verification Mode Protection Profile for Basic Robustness Environments, Version 1.0 provides specification for environments in which TOEs with various levels of robustness are appropriate to meet Basic Robustness level of independently assured security requirements. The assurance requirements were chosen to be consistent with this goal.

This U.S. Government Approved Protection Profile is not assigned to any Validated Products

This U.S. Government Approved Protection Profile does not have any related Technical Decisions

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