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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What is the practical difference between MAC and Capabilities

Both Mandatory Access Controls and Capabilities allow for fine grained privileges to be assigned to applications irrespective or in place of privileges inherited by the running user. Is there any ...
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What is the procedure to follow against a security breach?

Last week, a couple of guys were fired from the company I work for; all of them had access to sensitive information. One of them erased all the e-mails from the mail server, sent a massive e-mail to ...
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Full-disk encryption and theft mitigation?

Is it possible to combine the security of full-disk encryption (e.g. Truecrypt) with the honeypot-like performance of anti-theft tools (e.g. Prey)? In other words, is it feasible to have both strong ...
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Better techniques than url parameter encryption

I'm a programmer working on an application where the only choice/vs/deadline was to implement symmetric encryption on url parameter values. The data is insensitive in nature, but we needed to prevent ...
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User “home directory” on iPhone, Android, Windows mobiles and Blackberry

Is anyone aware of any mobile (iPhone, Android, Windows mobiles and Blackberry) Operating System that support multi users? I am not aware but I thought it is worth double checking. Off course, in ...
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Safest way for multiple users post to a single social networking account

Suppose I have a team or organization managing a single twitter account and a single facebook page. Different users need to be able to post content to the same account. How can I minimize the risk of ...
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Securing remotely accessible IP cameras that do not support HTTPS

I have some IP cameras set up on my home network, which is WPA2 protected. These cameras are setup to be accessible from the Internet thru my router's DDNS address, and port number. So for example, ...
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Claim Based Authorization vs Attribute Based Access Control

Is there a difference between Attribute Based Access Control which is usually associated with XACML and Claim Based Authorization which seems to be a term coined by Microsoft? Is the latter simply ...
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Is it advisable to have a web browser remember login credentials?

I have a really long random password for my cellphone account and have it written down in a safe place. I only use it once a month and am considering having my browser remember it. Would there be any ...
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Bell-LaPadula and Biba Together

Theoretically, could the Bell-Lapaluda security model be implemented with the Biba integrity model in an Operating System? Or do are they mutually exclusive? [Edit: Follow up from this question on ...
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Breaking out of a strict linux sandbox running virtually under windows: do the linux-sandbox access control policies even matter?

I am developing an application which will run untrusted code. I have been designing it for linux, thinking that I can just run it in a virtual machine on windows when the need arises. The linux ...
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Why does the ★-property rule of the Bell-Lapadula Model allow information to be stored in objects with HIGHER sensitivity labels?

I'm self-studying for the CISSP exam and am having difficulty wrapping my mind around the practical side of the ★-property rule in the Bell-Lapadula Model. I understand the mechanics of it and that ...
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Requiring Authentication to Exit

I've often wondered why facilities do not require authentication as a default on exit. Beyond the oblivious reasons: Fire safety policies would require a panic mechanism to override the access ...
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Is SESAME really used in Europe?

I am looking at a text that mentions that the Secure European System for Applications in a Multi-vendor Environment (SESAME) was designed to address some of Kerberos weakness, with enhancements such ...
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Building access card that has an identification role

The main question is should a building access card have the corporate logo on it? In this organization, the employee ID card is separate from building access card. We currently do not have the logo ...
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Are there a standard method(s) for me to give someone else read-only access to my data?

Are there a standard method(s) for me to give someone else read-only access to my data? There are several situations where I may want to give a few people read-only access to some data, but I would ...
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How is the password prompt going to protect me from ruining my computer?

On Unix based systems, I'm often prompted to enter my password before installing or running a program. Why does this protect me? If I'm running a kiosk, I understand that a password might prevent ...
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Where to put private files on a shared web server

I continually hear and read people warning against the perils of placing proprietary information or confidential documents within the web server root directory. If I am on a shared server, I cannot ...
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What are best practices for implementing ACL

I have a website that has certain menu items that need to be hidden from end users. The web site has PHP in the front-end and Java and Spring in the back-end, deployed on a Linux OS in a VM ...
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Are keys or RFID tags more secure access control solutions?

Just musing to myself, what is the preferable access control mechanism in high security environments? Locks and Keys or RFID tags? Going under the assumption that the locks/keys are not knoow to be ...
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Bell-LaPadula imlementation example

I'm currently studying the Bell-LaPadula model and i need to do an implementation as an example. I understand how the model works, but I have difficulties implementing it in a programming language ...
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Security Architecture - Settings to drive UI and Privileges (Rights) - Role-Based, per User-Account

How do large companies implement their security requirements which are centralized and used to drive things people can do (allowed to call a certain web-service, submit an order, etc.) as well as to ...
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Live Linux which does not mount any hard drive in the computer

I am searching for a Linux System which runs from a CD and does not mount any hard drive of the computer. I want to prevent any possiblity to write something on the hard drive of the computer and on ...
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access control to data-center using rfid

I don't know if "here" is the right place to make this kind of question... so here it is.. Is rfid a good solution for controlling access to a data-center? Because rfid is "wireless", is it ...
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How can i deal with management who want 'Domain Admin' access?

While I primarily work with penetration testing for my company (A small/medium sized company with approx 50 employees), I'm also a part time member of their sys-admins team (it's handy to keep up-to ...
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Does Fedora 15 still use suid bits?

I heard that Fedora 15 will not use suid bits. Is that true? Is the suid bit a security design bug?
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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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Two SSIDs on same Access point- not good?

If I were to offer two networks (one for trusted users and one to visitors) on one physical access point, is this dangerous because a visitor could compromise the trusted network across via 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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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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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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How to to make a file private by securing the url that only authenticated users can see

I was wondering if there is a way to secure an image or a file to be hidden when it is not authenticated. Suppose there is an image in my website which can only be seen if that user is authenticated. ...
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Restrict network access for a single process with SELinux or AppArmor

I have a Python script that access the network, and I want to deny it network access sometimes. How can I achieve this with SELinux or AppArmor? I want to be able to launch this specific script with ...
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Combining capability-based access control with SAML

I have been looking into various research on identity, PKI and access control trying to boil it down to a simplified methodology for IAM (Identity & Access Management). One thing which pops up in ...
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Clark Wilson Integrity Model: Rules

What is the conceptual difference between certification rules and enforcement rules in the Clark Wilson model? Am I on a wrong path when I assume that certification rules ensure external integrity ...
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Windows mandatory access control: How to remove “mandatory level” label from the file?

1) How to remove "mandatory level" label from the file? I have two files, for first icalcs return Mandatory Label\Medium Mandatory Level:(NW) for second icalcs doesn't return anything (that means ...
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Secure database password stored in an env variable

I need to somewhere store my DB password on my production environment to access the DB. At the moment the prod system is deployed in the cloud, so is the DB. The password, the username and some other ...
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Memory Protection Unit/MMU in context of multiple cores and security issues

There is a chipset I am working with that utilizes an ARM cortex -A7 as the Application processor and an ARM 9 Baseband processor. I had a major concern since the ARM cortex A7 is utilizing android ...
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How to prevent restrict access to a web application to authorized devices only?

I have developed an MVC web app. Right now, the client using this app in office area. The client has requested that no one should use this app on any device except the office's PC/tablets. Now ...
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Is it correct to consider audits as exclusively “detective” in nature?

I'm studying for the CISSP exam and one of the video lecture points didn't quite make sense to me. The instructor was discussing access control administration areas and began categorizing certain ...
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Governement like classified information system

I need to implement a classification system for my company, similar to the government's. I'm working for a company working with the government. The classification system in my country isn't public so ...
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Role vs Identity based authentication? What is the difference?

What is the difference between role-based authentication and identity-based authentication? If a system uses ONLY a password mechanism to authenticate operators (different PIN for Admin and User) it ...
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Locking IP addresses to try and improve security

(Originally posted on the work place and was suggested to post here) I know being an employee I am paid to do what my boss tells me to do, however: I am currently writing a website for my company ...
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How to check if computer is controlled remotely

My laptop has windows 7 installed. One Saturday night I couldn't fall asleep and was just lying in bed. Then suddenly at around 2 in the morning I heard the fan of the laptop start up and lights on ...
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Allow a PA to see a director's emails, but keep some emails private

We have a problem with email potentially being viewed by directors PAs, which we need to protect, the situation is as follows: Director A wants to send an email to Director B, both director A and ...
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What port services can hackers use to break into a server?

I am getting ready to run my first server. I will use ufw to disable every port except port 22 for ssh and port 80 for http. I am curious though. Suppose theoretically I left every port open except ...
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Biba and Bell LaPadula together

Can Biba model always be combined with Bell-LaPadula model? What are the issues that arise?Would there be conflicts?How would information flow be affected?
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Covert Channels Exploit and the Bell-LaPadula MAC Model

I'm wrapping my head around Mandatory Access Control (MAC) and the well-known Bell-LaPadula model. One limitation that is mentioned with this model is covert channel exploitation. The one example I ...
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(custom software) Security rules on each record when using user-groups per application

I'm working with custom software here, so don't worry about Microsoft whatever, Open anything, or something else. Let’s stick to theory of how this should go together. Let’s say I have a user ...
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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: ...