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Author:  btiffin [ Tue Jun 24, 2014 4:39 pm ]
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seL4, supposedly a proven bug-free microkernel. About to go open.

(The home page had 34 days left on the countdown to release timer when I looked)


Completely unique about seL4 is its unprecedented degree of assurance, achieved through formal verification.
Specifically, the ARM version of seL4 is the first (and still only) general-purpose OS kernel with a full functional
correctness proof, meaning a mathematical proof that the implementation (written in C) adheres to its specification.
In short, the implementation is proved to be bug-free. This implies a number of other properties, such as freedom
from buffer overflows, null pointer exceptions, use-after-free, etc.

I'm old now, but I find this hard to believe, also lazy enough to have not read the formal theory or proof papers.