GNAT Pro High-Integrity Edition For VxWorks MILS Platform now available

A complete security application development environment for EALs 1 through 7

NEW YORK, PARIS and SAN JOSE, Calif., April 27, 2010 – Embedded Systems ConferenceAdaCore, a leading supplier of Ada development tools and support services, today announced the first major release of its GNAT Pro High-Integrity Edition for MILS. The High-Integrity Edition for MILS (Multiple Independent Levels of Security) product is a specialized security application development environment supporting the creation and security certification of applications at the high end for EALs (Evaluation Assurance Levels) 5 through 7, as well as applications at the lower bounds for EALs 1 through 4. This product contains several specialized run-time libraries that support different levels of certification, specialized tools to support security certification, and, as an option, the SPARK language tool set to facilitate both development and certification of applications to top security levels.

GNAT Pro High-Integrity Edition for MILS contains the GNAT Pro development environment with compile system, testing tools, and graphical user interface components, to support high-productivity software development. It provides specialized run-time libraries, corresponding to Ada language subsets for those features that can be certified to different EALs. For EALs 1-3, the High-Integrity Edition for MILS provides a full Ada run-time library and development environment for the creation and testing required for these lower-level security certification requirements. For EAL 4, it provides a Ravenscar-compliant run-time library originally created to be certifiable to the DO-178B airborne avionics safety standard. This safety standard has been shown to meet the security assurance requirements for EAL 4. Finally, the Zero Foot Print (ZFP) run-time library is provided, which supports security certification to EALs 5 through 7.

Security certification at EALs 5-7 requires semi-formal or formal approaches. General software application languages are typically not appropriate at these levels. As an option, GNAT Pro High-Integrity Edition for MILS provides the SPARK Pro tool set to support these top levels. The SPARK language is a fully deterministic and verifiable subset of the Ada programming language augmented by pre- and post-condition constructs that more fully specify the application’s logic and information flow. SPARK and the SPARK Pro tool set have been demonstrated in practice to meet the requirements for top security application development. The High-Integrity Edition for MILS thus provides a complete environment for applications that need to be certified at EALs 5-7.

“AdaCore has a long history in providing solutions for developers of high-integrity applications,” said Robert Dewar, President and CEO of AdaCore. “GNAT Pro has been used for avionics systems on aircraft, such as the new Boeing 787, which need to meet the highest level of safety requirements in DO-178B. Developers of high-security applications require the more stringent security objectives be met. To satisfy this need, we have introduced the GNAT Pro High-Integrity Edition for MILS. This product, integrated with the SPARK Pro language and tool set, offers a unique security solution, allowing developers using a MILS architecture to create and certify applications that can meet all EALs from lowest to highest.”

“Wind River VxWorks MILS platform provides a robust MILS architecture, enabling the creation of MLS (Multi-Level Secure) systems in which multiple applications from different domains execute securely on a single instance of silicon,” said Chip Downing, Director of Aerospace and Defense at Wind River. “GNAT Pro High-Integrity Edition for MILS adds the capability to accelerate the certification of Ada applications at high assurance levels on the VxWorks MILS foundation for a very powerful combination for developing secure applications.”

GNAT Pro High-Integrity Edition for MILS is available today for the VxWorks MILS Platform.

About AdaCore
Founded in 1994, AdaCore is the leading provider of commercial software solutions for Ada, a state-of-the-art programming language designed for large, long-lived applications where safety, security, and reliability are critical. AdaCore’s flagship product is the GNAT Pro development environment, which comes with expert on-line support and is available on more platforms than any other Ada technology. AdaCore has an extensive world-wide customer base; see for further information.

Ada and GNAT Pro continue to see a growing usage in high-integrity and safety-certified applications, including commercial aircraft avionics, military systems, air traffic management/control, railroad systems, and medical devices, and in security-sensitive domains such as financial services.

AdaCore has North American headquarters in New York and European headquarters in Paris.

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