Outline for October 13, 2003
Reading: Chapters 6.1, 6.2.3, 6.4
In the Bell-LaPadula Model, subjects could read and write objects
only if the subjects were in the same compartment as objects. This
leads to a notion of confinement, and raises the issue of leaking
information among compartments. Such leakage led one security expert
to speculate that, as the need for secure computing continued to
climb, people would gradually shift from multi-user computing
systems to single-user computer systems, because then information
could not leak among compartments (as there are no other processes
on the system to leak information to).
- How do single-user systems connected by a network (such as the
Internet) differ from multi-user systems?
- Do you agree or disagree with the expert?
Outline for the Day
- Integrity models
- Users won't write their own programs, but will use existing
programs, databases, etc.
- Programmers develop and test programs on non-production systems
- Installing a program from the development system requires a
- This process must be controlled and auditable
- System managers must be able to access the system state and
the system logs
- Separation of duty
- Separation of function
- Biba: mathematical dual of BLP
- P may read O if L(P) ≤ L(O) and C(P) ⊆ C(O), and
P may write O if L(O) ≤ L(P) and C(O) ⊆ C(P)
- Combined with BLP
- Theme: military model does not provide enough controls for
commercial fraud, etc. because it does not cover the right aspects
- "Constrained Data Items" (CDI) to which model applies,
"Unconstrained Data Items (UDIs) to which no integrity checks
applied, "Integrity Verification Procedures" (IVP) verify
conformance to the integrity spec when IVP is run, "Transaction
Procedures" (TP) take system from one well-formed state to
- Certification and enforcement rules:
C1. All IVPs must ensure that all CDIs are in a valid state when
the IVP is run
C2. All TPs must be certified as valid; each TP is assocated with
a set of CDIs it is authorized to manipulate
E1. The system must maintain these lists and must ensure only those
TPs manipulate those CDIs
E2: The system must maintain a list of User IDs, TP, and CDIs that
that TP can manipulate on behalf of that user, and must ensure only
those executions are performed.
C3. The list of relations in E2 must be certified to meet the
separation of duty requirement.
E3. The sysem must authenticate the identity of each user attempting
to execute a TP.
C4. All TPs must be certified to write to an append-only CDI (the
log) all information necessary to resonstruct the operation.
C5. Any TP taking a UDI as an input must be certified to perform
only valid transformations, else no transformations, for any possible
value of the UDI. The transformation should take the input from a
UDI to a CDI, or the UDI is rejected (typically, for edits as the
keyboard is a UDI).
E4. Only the agent permitted to certify entities may change the
list of such entities associated with a TP. An agent that can
certify an entity may not have any execute rights with respect to
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