NIAP: U.S. Government Approved Protection Profile - Protection Profile for General Purpose Operating Systems Version 4.1

Short Name: pp_os_v4.1

Technology Type: Operating System

CC Version: 3.1

Date: 09 March 2016

Preceded By: pp_os_v4.0

Conformance Claim: None



The scope of this Protection Profile (PP) is to describe the security functionality of operating systems in terms of [CC] and to define functional and assurance requirements for such products. An operating system is software that manages computer hardware and software resources, and provides common services for application programs. The hardware it manages may be physical or virtual.

The TOE boundary encompasses the OS kernel and its drivers, shared software libraries, and some application software included with the OS. The applications considered within the TOE are those that provide essential security services, many of which run with elevated privileges. Applications which are covered by more-specific Protection Profiles cannot claim evaluation as part of the OS evaluation, even when it is necessary to evaluate some of their functionality as it relates to their role as part of the OS.

The TOE platform, which consists of the physical or virtual hardware on which the TOE executes, is outside the scope of evaluation. At the same time, the security of the TOE relies upon it.  Other hardware components which independently run their own software and are relevant to overall system security are also outside the scope of evaluation.     

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

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  • 0243 – SSH Key-Based Authentication
  • 0239 – Cryptographic Key Destruction in OS PP
  • 0208 – Remote Users in OSPP
  • 0163 – Update to FCS_TLSC_EXT.1.1 Test 5.4 and FCS_TLSS_EXT.1.1 Test
  • 0107 – FCS_CKM - ANSI X9.31-1998, Section 4.1.for Cryptographic Key Generation
  • 0104 – FMT_SMF and FMT_MOF in OS PP

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