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Rust now available for Real-Time Operating System and Hypervisor PikeOS

The security-focused programming language Rust is now available for the real-time operating system and hypervisor PikeOS. For the use of applications on Rust basis no guest operating system and/or no interface is necessary such as POSIX: Applications can run directly on a native PikeOS instance, making them both resource-efficient to operate and easier to certify against industry-specific safety and security standards. Rust was implemented in such a way that essential PikeOS features can be used. These include the Certifiable File System, communication ports and property management.

Together with PikeOS (version 5.1.3), which is security-certified against Common Criteria at the EAL 5+ level, Rust forms a cyber-secure and functionally safe foundation for embedded applications that is unprecedented in the safe-and-secure platform and embedded system landscape. Areas of application for the combination of both technologies can be found wherever no compromises can be made in system protection, such as in secure gateways and in applications that have to meet the highest functional safety requirements. The target markets include medical technology, avionics, automotive, rail and industry.

PikeOS is also pre-certified against many industry software safety standards such as DO-178C for avionics, EN 50128 and EN 50657 for rail, ISO 26262 for automotive, EN 61508 for industrial and IEC 62304 for medical. The necessary focus on the combination of safety and security takes into account the realization that functional safety is nowadays increasingly also a question of security.

Rust is characterized, amongst other things, by strong data type security and a preventive security concept that makes it easier for programmers to detect and avoid safety-critical errors at the development stage. Consequently, this helps to reduce vulnerabilities in applications and thus protect against cyber attacks. A major strength of Rust, which is repeatedly demonstrated in practice, is its much lower susceptibility to buffer overflows compared to other programming languages. This eliminates a major attack vector that hackers exploit to force privilege escalation and thus seize a system.

"Supporting Rust for PikeOS was a logical step for us, because we take every possible step to make our operating system even more secure. I am therefore very happy that we have now succeeded in taking this step and that we can offer our customers a solution that not only they, but also their customers can rely on," said Dr. Oliver Kühlert, Head of Innovation Lab at SYSGO.

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