[clug] Any Public Service organisations using Linix desktop and Open Office?

Alex Satrapa grail at goldweb.com.au
Thu Jul 3 06:41:31 GMT 2008

On 02/07/2008, at 18:07 , Kim Holburn wrote:

> Wow, Windows is methodically designed, tested and reviewed?
> I seem to remember that to get to CC on a system you have to  
> seriously tie the system down.

1) the machine must be configured to only allow booting the one  
operating system. The guide recommends removing the floppy drive  
(yes, that's how old the certification is)
2) the machine must not have access to the Internet. Windows  
activation is done over the phone
3) the evaluated configuration involves locking the actual computer  
in a secure enclosure so that other drives can not be attached
4) the required patches to get XP into the evaluated configuration  
are to be applied from disk locally, since the machine does not have  
access to the Internet
5) A whole bunch of fiddling is done under the hood to prevent new  
devices being added automatically, which includes removal of the  
tools used to automatically load USB device drivers, for example
6) More work is done (about 20 pages of instruction) to remove  
unwanted services
7) File system is encrypted

It's worth noting that RHEL 5 has EAL4+ too.

Similar procedures are required for Mac OS X - Apple has  
documentation on how to prepare a machine equivalent to the evaluated  


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