A claimed validated operating system.

The claim: we have demonstrated the comprehensive formal verification of the seL4 microkernel, with a complete proof chain from precise, formal statements of high-level security and safety properties to the  binary executable code. GD

The L4 base is useful –  we advocated a similar approach with RTLinux which was, um, very similar to L4. It looks like the L4 version here uses the interrupt emulation method at the heart of RTLinux (of course, without any attribution or reference). Just for the record, here’s a much earlier RTLinux based effort.

As for the verification, I am highly skeptical of the claim. Here’s the claimed proof and the research paper.  It’s not at all clear exactly what was validated, but from the paper it looks like the 8000 odd lines of l4 microkernel were shown to provide the functionality described in the Hoare logic specification. No device drivers appear to have been validated.