Huawei's HongMeng Kernel has achieved the Evaluation Assurance Level 6 Augmented (EAL6+) certificate under the Common Criteria for Information Technology Security Evaluation (CC), marking it as the highest security level granted for general-purpose operating system (OS) kernels. This milestone places Huawei as the inaugural smart device maker to secure such a certification in this sector, said the company.
OS kernels form the bedrock of OS security and privacy mechanisms. The CC, also denoted as the ISO/IEC 15408 standard, stands as a paramount information security certification and is globally recognized within the IT industry for product security assessment.
The evaluation of the HongMeng Kernel was conducted by SGS Brightsight, a security evaluation lab. Kai-Fan Chang, COO Asia, SGS Brightsight, said on the lab's findings, highlighting the Kernel's compatibility with the international Common Criteria EAL6+ standards and predicting its influential role in upcoming Huawei products.
Huawei Germany's Chief Security Officer, Dr. Michael Lemke, said on the essential role of kernels in maintaining system security and Huawei's dedication to upholding internationally accepted best practices.
The acquisition of the CC EAL6+ certificate amplifies the recognition of Huawei's cyber security efforts, said the company. Presently, Huawei has secured over 500 certifications from notable cyber security standards like CC, FIPS, ISO 19790, PCI DSS, and CSA STAR.