With Turaya, a kind of virtualization technology is now made available that implements functionality like encryption by TPMs in a transparent way on guest systems like Linux. It is meant to provide the industry with an open, platform-independent basis - as opposed to, e.g., Microsoft's proprietary solution NGSCB - for the development of security-critical applications.
In the Turaya architecture, insecure guest operating systems run as applications in parallel to the protected encryption modules. With “Turaya.Crypt” and “Turaya.VPN”, the European Multilaterally Secure Computing Base (EMSCB) presents the first two modules of the open source security platform. The project is partly funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi). The aim is to develop a trustworthy computing platform based on open standards that solves security related problems of conventional platforms.
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