Developers and Evaluators in Composite Evaluations Need Full Information

Four Common Criteria Certification agencies from France, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK have developed a concept of composite evaluations in which software developers and evaluators would not receive the full Evaluation Technical Report (ETR), but instead would only received an abbreviated ETR-lite. While ETR-lite is acceptable at low assurance levels, this paper argues that at high assurance levels, such an abbreviated report violates the basic principles of systems engineering and high assurance evaluation, and demonstrates that serious undetected security vulnerabilities can be the result.

By: Paul A. Karger, Helmut Kurth

Published in: RC22816 in 2003


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