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Thursday, May 09, 2019

PikeOS hypervisor certified for IEC61508 safety and security

By Nick Flaherty

SYSGO has been awarded key safety and security certifications for its hypervisor that runs on the PikeOS real time operating system.

The certifications will be a boost fo SYSGO following the acquisition of competing RTOS vendor Express Logic by Microsoft.
According to TÜV Süd, the hypervisor meets the requirements of Safety Integrity Level 2 of the IEC 61508 for safety-relevant electrical and electronic systems. TÜV Süd also certifies compliance with SIL 2 for the railway-specific standard DIN EN 50128. In the automotive industry, it is certified as a SEooC (Safety Element Out Of Context) to ASIL B (Automotive Safety Integrity Level), as defined in the ISO 26262 standard. All certifications refer to PikeOS version 4.2.3 (S5577) for the target architectures X86-AMD 64bit, ARMv7 and ARMv8.

Security certification to Common Criteria EAL 3+ for PikeOS 4.2.3 (S5577) was published by the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) during a maintenance procedure. The most recent version was certified following an upstream analysis of critical points in an independent testing laboratory, taking over essential certification artefacts of the previous version PikeOS 4.2.2.

"Not only the safety certification but also the renewed security CC-certification by BSI emphasizes our path to provide customers with a reliable platform for certifiable applications in the most critical environments," said Sven Nordhoff, Director Certification at SYSGO. "In doing so, the architecture of PikeOS is designed to support the most stringent safety and security standards across all industries." 

The current version 4.2 of PikeOS focus on "medium"-critical projects but the roadmap is aiming for safety and security standards up to DO-178C DAL A, EN50128/IEC61508 SIL 4 and ISO 26262 ASIL D.  "We are actively involved in standardization initiatives, identify technological trends at an early stage and enabling us to quickly embrace evolving standards," said Nordhoff.

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