A security mechanism which enforces policy describing which requesters may perform operations on specified objects. There are typically multiple types of operations. Common operations include: read, write, execute, append, create, and delete.

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Attribute based access control and role based, online bookstore example

I am asked to answer a question that says: One online book-store wants to grand access to clients regarding their subscription. There are 3 types of subscriptions A , B and C. Customers get access ...
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Are Linux System Capabilities Considered Mandatory Access Controls?

DAC is not mandatory because access permissions are left up to the resource owner's discretion. Mandatory Access Control (Smack, SELinux, etc) administration can only be accomplished by a ...
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Using a single application for user and admin (with different auth methods) vs separating them into two applications

I am creating a human resource management application that allows access from both employee and HR administrator. Now, I'm faced with a best practice issue. There would definitely be two users: ...
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ABAC policy formulation and RBAC question

I am asked to answer a question that says: One online book-store wants to grand access to clients regarding their subscription. There are 3 types of subscriptions A , B and C. Customers get access ...
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Bell-LaPadula no read no write

I'm reading about the Bell-LaPadula model. I understand the Simple Security Property and the Star Property, and I see that the model also incorporates a Discretional Security Property. My question is: ...
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Reading physical memory frame previously owned by another process to read contents of its memory page

I had a conversation with @anger32 who states that zeroing physical memory page frame when passing the page backed by that frame to another process is not the responsibility of OSes like Windows and ...
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Using identifiers in URLs to authenticate users

Someone I know is registered on a community website where they can exchange messages etc. Taking a look at the email notification they receive when something new has been posted, contains an image ...
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Access via link in Email - How can I make this most secure?

I need your professional opinion on this matter, please. The app I'm building has 2 parts: Teachers & students. Teachers use the app to build a project and attach students to it. Then, the ...
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Using a single number instead of an IP address or a DNS name, which are concrete uses? [closed]

My question: I have read that using the single number equivalent (called the "binary equivalent" by the author) of the IP address instead of the actual IP address or the domain name can be used "to ...
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Security concerns for image server?

I am new to the concept of security. I have a simple image server that takes in username and an image to be uploaded. Given a username on a different URL, all images can be viewed as a slide-show on ...
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How to remove Write-Only on 'encrypted USB' from Laptop [closed]

My laptop has been policy enforced to write only on Encrypted USBs like Kingston DataTraveler 4000. Other USBs are read-only and not writable. Are there any tweaks to have this removed. I read one ...
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Can the root user be removed from a *nix system to prevent privilege-escalation?

Once a *nix system is properly configured and hardened, is it a conceivable strategy to remove all super user/root users? Are there benefits to removing root from a system altogether to prevent ...
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How to grant permission to read a text file to a specific application run by a regular user?

A text file is situated in /opt/somefolder. It contains a pair login - password read by an application when authenticating on a server. The application is run by a regular user, so that the file can ...
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What kind of answer is this textbook question looking for in access control model?

I'm going over a practice question and I have trouble understanding what it's asking. Draw an access control matrix for the following Linux file system. Group A1 contains S1 and S3, group A2 ...
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Mandatory vacation as a security control?

I recently came across the concept of mandatory vacation as a management security control. Employees are forced to take at least one week of consecutive vacation to provide the company to audit their ...
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Where do Access Controls Fit into the Parkerian Hexad?

The security elements of the Parkerian Hexad are: Confidentiality Possession or Control Integrity Authenticity Availability Utility Where do access controls (mandatory, discretionary and ACL) fit ...
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Difference Between MAC and DAC

Are the only difference between DAC and MAC: the fact that MAC can also dictate DAC-type permissions to processes, not just users and name space objects? (files,etc) And there's no concept of ...
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Keeping passwords out of source code

Secrets should not be in source code and in version control because of two reasons: External threat: An attacker can exploit a vulnerability to get access to files/source of your ...
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What are the most common ways to Architect the verification process of the access tokens between resource and authentication server using OAUTH 2.0?

What are the most common ways to Architect the verification process of the access tokens between resource server and authentication server using OAUTH 2.0? I am trying to build a web application ...
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Protecting a database against insiders

Consider a network for a web-application with 1 webserver and 1 MySQL database, both on physically different servers and both running Linux. The database stores mission critical data and this data is ...
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Is there a legitimate reason I should be required to use my company's computer? (BYOD prohibited)

I just got a new job at a medium-sized (~100 employees) company and one of the first things I was told is that I cannot use my own computer, because I need to be able to connect to their network, ...
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Unique assignment of permissions to objects seems to also require the role?

So my understanding of RBAC is that Users have Roles, and Roles have Permissions and there should be a Permission Object mapping. I'm having a bit of a business logic problem though concerning RBAC. ...
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Should I set up a VPN for these services?

I'm developing a personal project with a few people. I need to setup Continuous Integration service, Jenkins, version control service, Perforce, repository manager service, Nexus, and a Web server. ...
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Convert customer tracking system from web access to REST

Intro:In our company there is a service tracking website for our clients, where they can monitor the progress made in their cases with us. Our users are required to log in to that website (admin ...
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Attribute Certificates and Access Management

I recently came across Attribute Certificates (RFC 5755), which can be used as a means for authorisation. I like the idea but I have spent a lot of time searching for information how this works in a ...
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“If encryption has not been implemented, a comparable alternative has been implemented” [closed]

What constitutes as a comparable alternative to encryption? I know that password keepers and other services are not comparable and are not considered encryption. If the context is authorized access ...
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Locking down Amazon RDS table data

We are using MySQL Amazon RDS. The instance is encrypted, and also only available via SSH from the production server EC2 instance. One of the things we are trying to do is give access to some ...
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Online Marketing company want me to share my Google Account login details?

We are a small business and use "Google Apps for Work" and my google apps account was used to set up the business's "Google My Business" and related Google+ pages We have now engaged an online ...
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WiFi Fingerprinting RFC2617 Linux Device Cannot Unauthenticate Unless AP Password Changes

There is a Cisco WiFi Access Point in the office that is intended for guests. It is an open network in that you can associate without providing a password with the SSID. It supports RFC2617 and so the ...
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How to determine which program accessed the Mac Camera?

The green light on my laptop's camera just flashed on and then off after 1 second. I am extremely concerned about this since I am not running any programs which could have enabled the camera. I ...
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How do I allow only app to view/download files from server?

I have an Android app that uploads and downloads pictures from my dedicated server. However, before I go live, I want to know if there is some way I can secure the server to allow only my app to ...
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Why is it a terrible idea to implement restrictive measures in .bashrc?

Asking this because apparently there are multiple people who genuinely don't realize just how bad of an idea this is, and I want there to be a single, easy-to-find place for them to go / be sent.
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Session hijacking [closed]

I know one way of doing session hijacking 1.copying the session value from the chrome browser and pasting the cookie value to firefox browser Is there any other way of doing session hijacking ? If ...
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Is it possible to get Network Domain from Client with PHP or Apache? [closed]

I'm working on a solution to identify client Network Domain or Workgroup in a private network. Based on it, I must change some access permissions. I can't do that through IP address because it isn't ...
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How to access files or getting rights access with NJrat

When I'm using NJrat to control my own computer, I can't delete, open or move some files. Are there some kind of security access I need to stop first? How can I change this to allow full access?
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Is there a way my organization can collect clients' sensitive documents without being liable for them? [closed]

I am the head of IT for a microlending organization. We make small loans to new businesses, and as such we have to collect these clients' tax returns and other financial data as part of the ...
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Control access to public API

I'm working on a public API for project X. System allows to register an app_id and call API methods providing it, as usual. Now, I need to develop an official mobile client for project X that should ...
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What is the difference between claims and capabilities in access control?

I've read about the differences between capabilities and access control lists, but to me capabilities seem similar to claims. Can anyone explain the difference, if there is one?
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When can the exploit for CVE: 2006-7098 be used?

I'm studying the vulnerabilities of an old version of Apache, the 1.3.34. And I don't quite understand in what exact situation the CVE 2006-7098 vulnerability can be exploited. The README included in ...
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Server for School Coding Assignments

An introductory C++ course is offered every year in our university. In order for students to code in C++ and submit their assignments, we give them shell access to a Linux server. They use ssh to log ...
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encryption vs access control comparison

I have a very basic and simple question about two security concepts. Both encryption and access control are used for privacy and to prevent unauthorized users from accessing some object (eg. files, ...
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How do we verify identity before creating a new admin account?

We are designing the security for a B2B Saas service, the user and admin accounts are based on the customer's email addresses - typically our customers are small organisations without their own in ...
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Security Administrator Windows Roles

I find that security administrators often need to perform vulnerability checks on systems and these tasks need at least domain or local administrative rights. Does the security administrator need full ...
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web security testing - vulnerability issue

I'm testing a website to find out vulnerabilities. Website is fully running on HTTPS only. While testing, I came to know that the pdf files can be downloaded by authorized users only. This ...
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Bell-LaPadula model and composite services

The Bell-LaPadula model is useful for access control. Can I use this model for access control in composite services? The security level of each service is exported from WS_SecurityPolicy file.
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Will a crossdomain.xml file reduce a potential security risk?

I maintain a website were users are allowed to upload files. I'm doing already some good MIME-checks, consistency checks, virus checks, blacklist checks based on hash lists, some other custom checks ...
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How to find out if content on my XAMPP server has been altered

During the development of a site, me and the team decided to develop the site with my computer as a server, with me making my localhost available from outside. I have been using several settings to ...
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How to reset a second factor authentication without compromising the authentication process

I am designing a system that uses two-factor authentication. Where the user can only granted access only if the two authentication factors passed the verification. Let us assume that the first ...
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Gaining root access on Ubuntu 14.04 [closed]

I am taking a Computer Security class and I am supposed to harden my system really well but I am supposed to leave one "hard backdoor" for the adversary to gain root access. I have been trying to ...
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Is VPN the best solution against man-in-the-middle attack? [closed]

I'm looking for the best way to protect my enterprise against man in the middle attacks, because a lot of people connect to the same network. So I was thinking of creating a VPN. Is this really the ...