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FIPS 140-2 certification status of SUSE Linux Enterprise products and components

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Are SUSE Linux Enterprise products (or some of their components) FIPS 140-2 certified?


No. FIPS 140-2, "Security Requirements for Cryptographic Modules" is a standard which applies to cryptographic modules which consist of a combination of hardware and software. As such, it does not apply directly to a pure software product.

FIPS 140-2 is used as a reference in the development of various cryptographic components of
SUSE Linux Enterprise products and in particular the OpenSSL library and Mozilla Network Security Services (Mozila NSS) have been used as part of cryptographic modules (hardware and sofware configurations) which have been formally certified as FIPS 140-2 compliant.

If formal certification for FIPS 140-2 or other standards is required, please contact Novell Services for assistance.

Additional Information

Background information

Wikipedia, "Federal Information Processing Standard".
Wikipedia, "FIPS 140".

Other security standards

For details on Common Criteria for Information Technology Security Evaluation (ISO/IEC 15408) evaluations of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, please refer to the SLES product information page on application security.


This Support Knowledgebase provides a valuable tool for NetIQ/Novell/SUSE customers and parties interested in our products and solutions to acquire information, ideas and learn from one another. Materials are provided for informational, personal or non-commercial use within your organization and are presented "AS IS" WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND.

  • Document ID:3116040
  • Creation Date:13-MAR-08
  • Modified Date:27-APR-12
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