Security Certifications for 16.04 and 18.04

Security Compliance & Certifications

Ubuntu 16.04 and 18.04

Ubuntu goes through several rigorous security certifications and programs and these pages are dedicated to them. All certification artifacts are available with an Ubuntu Advantage subscription.

FIPS 140

Federal Information Processing Standards Publications (FIPS) are issued by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). FIPS 140-2 specifies the security requirements for cryptographic modules. These requirements address the areas of secure design and implementation.

Ubuntu LTS releases starting with 16.04 (Xenial) come with FIPS validated cryptographic packages, including the Linux kernel and OpenSSL. The full list of packages and certificates is available here.

For more information on FIPS certification on Ubuntu see the FIPS Information and Installation Guide.


Ubuntu LTS releases starting with 16.04 (Xenial) have compliance benchmark documents developed by the Center for Internet Security (CIS).

For more information see the CIS Compliance for Ubuntu 16.04 and 18.04.

Common Criteria

Common Criteria for Information Technology Security Evaluation (CC) is an international standard. The CC provides a common set of requirements for the security functionality of IT products and for assurance measures applied to these IT products during a security evaluation.

The evaluation process establishes a level of confidence that the security functionality of these IT products and the assurance measures applied to these IT products meet these requirements:

For more information on the Common Criteria certification on Ubuntu see the Common Criteria Guide.


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16.04 / 18.04
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0 security-certifications Security Certifications
1 fips FIPS 140
2 fips-enablement Enabling FIPS
2 fips-updates Security patching
2 fips-details Detailed certification information
2 fips-cloud-containers FIPS for clouds and containers
2 fips-devel Developing for FIPS
2 fips-faq FIPS FAQ
1 cis CIS compliance
2 cis/installation Installation
2 cis/audit Audit
2 cis/compliance Compliance
2 cis/customization Customization
2 cis/juju Hardening via Juju
2 cis/customization2 ruleset-params.conf
1 cc Common Criteria


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