Mandated not only by the US Government but, also by many other organizations across the globe, the FIPS 140-2 certificate is necessary for those systems that are entrusted with protection of sensitive information. RHEL 6.2 on HP ProLiant DL585 and IBM BladeCenter HS22 servers has managed to clear seven certification modules – the kernel crypto API; dm-crypt Cryptographic module; OpenSwan Cryptographic module; OpenSSH client and server; OpenSSL and Libgcrypt.

The dm-crypt library is used to encrypt hard drives while the Openswan is used for IPSec implementations. Validation testing were performed at an independent atsec laboratory in Austin, Texas.

“Completing these FIPS 140-2 certifications reinforces the commitment that Red Hat has to meeting the IT needs of those entities and providing the necessary security protection levels required by federal agencies worldwide”, said Paul Smith, vice president and general manager, Public Sector, Red Hat in a press release.