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Solaris Trusted Extensions Administrator's Procedures
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Configurable Solaris Security Features

Trusted Extensions uses the same security features that the Solaris OS provides, and adds some features. For example, the Solaris OS provides eeprom protection, password requirements and strong password algorithms, system protection by locking out a user, and protection from keyboard shutdown.

Trusted Extensions differs from the Solaris OS in the actual procedures that are used to modify these security defaults. In Trusted Extensions, you typically administer systems by assuming a role. Local settings are modified by using the trusted editor. Changes that affect the network of users, roles, and hosts are made in the Solaris Management Console.

Trusted Extensions Interfaces for Configuring Security Features

Procedures are provided in this book where Trusted Extensions requires a particular interface to modify security settings, and that interface is optional in the Solaris OS. Where Trusted Extensions requires the use of the trusted editor to edit local files, no separate procedures are provided in this book. For example, the procedure How to Prevent Account Locking for Users describes how to update a user's account by using the Solaris Management Console to prevent the account from being locked. However, the procedure for setting a system-wide password lock policy is not provided in this book. You follow the Solaris instructions, except that in Trusted Extensions, you use the trusted editor to modify the system file.

Extension of Solaris Security Mechanisms by Trusted Extensions

The following Solaris security mechanisms are extensible in Trusted Extensions as they are in the Solaris OS:

As in the Solaris OS, privileges cannot be extended.

Trusted Extensions Security Features

Trusted Extensions provides the following unique security features:

  • Labels – Subjects and objects are labeled. Processes are labeled. Zones and the network are labeled.

  • Device Allocation Manager – By default, devices are protected by allocation requirements. The Device Allocation Manager GUI is the interface for administrators and for regular users.

  • Change Password menu item – The Trusted Path menu enables you to change your user password, and the password of the role that you have assumed.

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