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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Authorising use of apps from a public store with no back end service

I have a project I'm involved in which needs to distribute a mobile app to a specific audience. Due to regulatory restrictions in the target market, only this audience is allowed to access the data ...
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Is there an access-control model defined in terms of application structure?

I'm working on the access control component of a complex web application. One of the goals is to have a strictly defined model for who can do what, but I can't find an existing model that meets our ...
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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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Looking for approach to implement attribute based access control (ABAC)

We are looking to implement Attribute-Based Access Control. While we are sold on the philosophy, there are two topics that seem to crop up: Will it lead to significant performance issues? Especially ...
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Do you give local administrator account password to notebook users?

My notebook users need to travel a lot. Quite often, they need elevated privileges on that machine, like when adding a printer or change network settings. Should I give them local administrator's ...
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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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Access Control and Authentication using Facebook access tokens in a webapp

I'm working on a mobile app with a web backend. We'd like to have users authenticate (log in) themselves through Facebook only, so we don't have to store passwords etc. and don't force users to create ...
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I'm using a Cisco ASA as a VPN endpoint. Where do the VPN clients get firewalled?

(Is this too application specific? It seems like a reasonable question that would be useful to other people...) So, I've got this ASA in front of a network that I didn't set up. It's been ...
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Vertical information portal security with a customized web browser

I am creating a SaaS that will be delivered through a Vertical Information Portal (VIP). In my research I have found that by developing a custom lean web browser and installing it on the clients ...
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Securing sensitive data in a DB,is using H2 worth it?

I am designing a web application at the moment, and one of the requirements is to secure the user credentials as well as their roles. Now of course, besides the usual password hashing + salt +.... I ...
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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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Wireless MAC Address Filtering - Authentication/Association

Can somebody explain to me how a wireless AP denies access to the network if the client does not have the correct MAC Address. Does it not send a probe response when a client has not got a correct ...
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Access rights management in large companies

I'm wondering how large companies with tens / hundred of applications are handling access-rights for their users. From what I've seen, it's a nightmare that never ends, and it requires full-time ...
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Is RDP an effective security barrier

If you need to provide access to a GUI / GUIs in one network from within another network, can RDP (e.g. via Terminal Services) be used as an effective security 'barrier', to stop any other direct ...
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Trial version security

I am developing stand-alone software in BDS 2006. I want to provide a trial version for 6 months -- the user can use it for just 6 months, but no more on a particular system. I have handled most ...
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How to detect/list rogue computers connected to a WIFI network without access to the Wifi Router interface?

This is what I believe to be an interesting challenge :) A relative (that lives a bit too far to go there in person) is complaining that their WIFI/Internet network performance has gone down ...
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Remote Connection Tampering

My small high street laptop repair/service/maintenance shop has been up and running for about 3 years. It's doing quite well so I'm looking to expand into other areas of the PC market. One area I ...
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Why are UNIX-like ACLs not a form of MAC

What is the reason for UNIX-like access permissions (both the traditional user-group-others and extended ACLs) being classified as a form of DAC (Discretionary Access Control) system and not MAC ...
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Prevent unauthorized workstations from joining a Windows Domain

Corporate policy only allows users to connect corporate-issued machines to the network managed by Active Directory. Is there some means to log or otherwise detect when the same user account joins the ...
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Does this htaccess snippet provide sufficient security?

I've downloaded a part of .htaccess to prevent from using base64_encode or <script> or _REQUEST within URL. Is this secure enough to help me out for partial security, or is it just a waste of ...
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How can the Google web crawler bypass portals?

This is a situation that I have encountered on a number of occasions. I will conduct a web search in Google, a link to a file (.pdf for example) will take you to that file on the server. It opens up ...
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Access control of Linux and Bell LaPadula Model

I know that access control is a very important think when we want to protect our files and in security in general. Does anyone know what access control system is used by linux? In addition I just ...
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How risky is having sensitive files on webroot?

I understand that having anything sensitive under webroot is not smart; someone may be able to access it via url. However, I do not have a choice with my web host (iPage) as they limit my server space ...
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Should I use a separate SQL Server instance for a database with PII?

We build software which needs a SQL SERVER database. This database will hold private user information (address,bank, ...) My question is: Should I install my database in a fresh SQL Server ...
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MySQL Access Control?

I have read somewhere that it is better to have two different MySQL logins in order to prevent hacking. What I mean is having one MySQL login for read access (SELECT permission) and another login for ...
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Putting the Biba-LaPadula Mandatory Access Control Methods to Practise?

Text books on database systems always refer to the two Mandatory Access Control models; Biba for the Integrity objective and Bell-LaPadula for the Secrecy or Confidentiality objective. Text books ...
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MySQL database access prevention

I am doing a PHP website for a client who deals with third party financial information, and he is concerned about the developmers (me) having access to all the information, which is obviously a valid ...
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OAuth: client credentials vs tokens

Wouldn't it be much simpler and virtually equally secure to replace tokens by pure client credentials? Client credentials wouldn't expire and resource owners would always be able to modify their ...
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DMZ and LAN data exchange - what direction should connections be made?

When configuring services in the DMZ to exchange data with the internal LAN which scenario would be more secure: DMZ service pushes data to LAN service or LAN service pulls data from DMZ ...
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How to use 'key material' so that multiple people can access protected files?

I'm not sure if this is the right SE to ask this question, but it seems more I have a database of files that needs to be encrypted such that multiple people with different passwords/logins to this ...
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Security implications of granting IIS user group folder modify permissions

I have an Application Pool in IIS running under the standard AppPoolIdentity as part of the IIS_IUSRS group. What are the security implications of granting AppPoolIdentity modify and create ...
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Preventing softwares from leaving traces in Windows | deleting the traces easily

Say I open a .doc file from my UFD. I want to avoid leaving any traces in Windows (e.g. recent files, back-up files, swaps, etc) , or at least be able to delete all easily. So in this case, I want to ...
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Security purpose of asking admin password to mount partition on Linux

So I divided my 250GB laptop drive into 2 partitions and some swap. On the second partition which is an ext4 60GB partition I installed Fedora 17. On the other bigger NTFS partition I've got Win XP ...
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BLP Lattice-structered system from Access Control Matrix

I've been reading a Computer Security book by Walliam Stallings and have found this example: http://i.imgur.com/5CAlc.png of an Access Control Matrix. Any example will do I just thought I'd screenshot ...
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MAC vs DAC vs RBAC

Someone can suggest me a real situation in which is better to use MAC (Mandatory Access Control) instead of DAC (Discretionary Access Control) or RBAC (Role Based Access Control)? And in which DAC is ...
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RBAC and assertions, which authorization flow is better?

I'd like to ask which authorization flow is considered better or standard. First approach (has role AND assertion is valid): if (!isGranted(roles, permission) { return false; } if ...
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Windows: Any method to enforce user confirmation before the browser opens a URL requested by an external desktop app?

A robust outgoing firewall will protect against desktop applications directly connecting to the internet without your permission. However, as the browser is a generally authorized application for ...
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Access Flags for Handles

The handles window in process Explorer has a column Access which supposedly determines the access rights of that particular handle. I am not able to get any documentation on how to read the flags and ...
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User Account Notification under Windows useful at all?

IMHO the 'screen dimming'-and-displaying-of-warning-window feature (?) in Windows is extremely annoying, since I routinely run software that does require the permission to modify a lot of things. I ...
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Google ads and/or DoubleClick wants to access the keyboard API in Firefox? [closed]

I have started Firefox in an Ubuntu terminal, and now I see these messages during browsing: "No permission to use the keyboard API for http://googleads.g.doubleclick.net" I mean... WTF? Why does ...
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Wifi box produces three SSIDs?

While using a friend's wifi, he said I should use his SSID, let's call it XYZ's Wifi. When I started my Macbook Pro, three SSIDs came up. Two were called XYZ's Wifi and the third was called XYZ's ...
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How to restrict access to unwanted sites?

I use Ubuntu 13.10. I tried to used OpenDNS to restrict some websites. Unfortunately, I couldn't do that. I use AirStream 1200 USB modem to access WiMax internet. OpenDNS setting didn't work for me at ...
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BLP Lattice structure with missing top and bottom levels

I designed a system similar to the above diagram. However There is no (Top Secret, {nuclear,crypto}) and no (Secret,{}) levels. Meaning that there is no top and bottom level. Would it make the BLP ...
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Resetting passwords howto

I am currently in the process of designing a registration form for the users to register accounts. The accounts will contain a lot of personal information, so I want to ensure highest possible ...
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How do i restrict network access to LAN for Visitors

How do i restrict network access to LAN for Visitors In my organization premises any outside visitor comes and connect to LAN ports in meeting rooms.We have seen that they are able to ping internal ...
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user roles or access levels

I am beginning a new project and I already know that I'll have various roles for various users, regardless of their access level. They just have different jobs to do. With that in mind, I'm thinking ...
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how safe is a home NAS with ssh access?

I'm thinking about acquiring a NAS from Synology (or QNap), these are pretty cool NAS and do much more than just storing files. Some extras include: ssh, ftp, telnet, mail servers photo gallery ...
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Installing applications with different user accounts on linux

I have basic question about installing applications on Linux operating system, using the Oracle database as an example. When installing the Oracle database package, I created a user called ora112, a ...
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How to set password on applications in Mac OS to prevent an administrator to start them?

Is there any program that can set password on the app like mail or browser? I know about parent control, but I doesn't work with administrator account. What I want is some program that blocks some ...
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Security controls to implement on a private environment

On a large project, my company is responsible of administering the internal servers where applications used within the intranet are installed. One of our sites are accessible from outside but we do ...