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Solaris Trusted Extensions Label Administration
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Defining the Set of Labels

In this section the set of labels is defined in lists that include all of the following required aspects of labels:

  • Classifications

  • Other words

  • Relations between and among the words

  • Classification restrictions that are associated with use of each word

  • Intended use of the words in sensitivity labels and clearances

  • Intended use of the words in labeling system output, such as print and email

Planning the Classifications

Because the four labels are hierarchical, the four labels are encoded as hierarchical classifications.

With the legal department's approval, the security administrator shortened the labels by omitting SecCompany Confidential: from the label names. Long classifications make labels hard to read in window frames. The name of a label is truncated from right to left in the window frames. Because the truncated names of all the label names above PUBLIC would begin with the words SECCOMPANY, the truncated names would be indistinguishable without manually extending the frame for each window.

The security administrator defined the following labels:

  • REGISTERED

  • NEED_TO_KNOW

  • INTERNAL_USE_ONLY

  • PUBLIC

Planning the Compartments

The group names will be encoded as non-hierarchical compartments. Compartments will be restricted to appear only in labels that have the NEED_TO_KNOW classification. Compartment restrictions are encoded in the ACCREDITATION RANGE section under COMBINATION CONSTRAINTS.

User clearances will control which users can create files and directories that have a group name in the label. User clearances will also control which users can create documents that have a label with more than one group name along with the NEED_TO_KNOW classification.

Planning the Use of Words in MAC

The classifications and compartments in sensitivity labels and user clearances are used in mandatory access control (MAC). Therefore, the legal department's hierarchical labels and the group names need to be encoded as classifications and compartments so that they can be used in the labels that control which individual employees can access files and do other work.

SecCompany, Inc. defines a sensitivity label with the PUBLIC classification, which is assigned the lowest value in the User Accreditation Range, and another sensitivity label with the INTERNAL_USE_ONLY classification with the next highest value above PUBLIC.

An employee with no authorizations whose clearance is PUBLIC and whose minimum label is PUBLIC is able to use the system as follows:

  • Works only in a PUBLIC workspace.

  • Creates files only at PUBLIC.

  • Reads email only at PUBLIC.

  • Uses printers that have PUBLIC in their label range.

    In contrast, an employee with no authorizations whose clearance is INTERNAL_USE_ONLY is able to use the system as follows:

  • Works in either a PUBLIC or an INTERNAL_USE_ONLY workspace.

  • Creates files at either PUBLIC or INTERNAL_USE_ONLY, depending on the employee's current workspace.

  • Receives and sends email at either sensitivity label.

  • Can print a file that is labeled PUBLIC on any printer with PUBLIC in its label range. Can send a file labeled INTERNAL_USE_ONLY to any printer with INTERNAL_USE_ONLY in its label range.

Planning the Use of Words in Labeling System Output

When the sensitivity label of a printer job contains a group name compartment, the mandatory printer banner and trailer pages print the following text:

Distribute Only To Group Name (Non-Disclosure Agreement Required)

Planning Unlabeled Printer Output

The Print Without Labels authorization allows a user or role to use the lp -o nolabels option to suppress the printing of top and bottom labels on body pages of a print job. The Security Administrator role can give the Print Without Labels authorization to everyone or to no one.

The Print PostScript File authorization allows a user to submit a PostScript file to the printer. PostScript printing is usually not allowed because of the risk that a knowledgeable user can change the labels in the PostScript file.

To permit technical writers to produce master copies of documents without labels printed on them, the Security Administrator role gives the Print Without Labels and Print PostScript File authorizations to all the writers.

Planning for Supporting Procedures

The security administrator creates security policies to enforce the labeling scheme.

Rules for Protecting a REGISTERED File or Directory

The security administrator realizes that anyone with a clearance that includes the word REGISTERED can access any registered information anywhere in the company. Further precautions are needed. For example, users who have REGISTERED in their clearance must be instructed to use UNIX permissions to protect their files. Permissions should be set so that only the creator can look at or modify the file. The following example shows a user who is applying discretionary access control to protect the contents of a REGISTERED directory.

Example 6-2 Using DAC to Protect Registered Information
% plabel 
REGISTERED
% mkdir registered.dir
% chmod 700 registered.dir
% cd registered.dir
% touch registered.file
% ls -l
-rwxrwxrwx registered.file
% chmod 600 registered.file
% ls -l
-rw------- registered.file

As shown in the example, the user who creates a file or directory while working at an sensitivity label of REGISTERED needs to set the file's permissions to be read and write for the owner only. Directory permissions are set to be readable, writable, and searchable only by the owner. These permissions ensure that another user who can work at REGISTERED cannot read the file.

Rules for Configuring Printers

The following table shows how printers that are available to various work groups need to be configured.

Table 6-1 Printer Label Range Example Settings in Various Locations

Printer Location

Type of Access

Label Range

Lobby or public meeting room

Anyone

PUBLIC to PUBLIC

Internal company printer room

Available to all employees and others who have signed nondisclosure agreements

PUBLIC to INTERNAL_USE_ONLY

Restricted area for one group

Members of group specified in the NEED_TO_KNOW group-name compartment

NEED_TO_KNOW group-name to NEED_TO_KNOW group-name

Strictly controlled area

Available only to people who have the REGISTERED classification in their clearance

REGISTERED to REGISTERED

See Chapter 21, Managing Labeled Printing (Tasks), in Solaris Trusted Extensions Administrator’s Procedures.

Rules for Handling Printer Output

People who have access to restricted printers will be instructed to do the following:

  • Protect information according to the instructions on the printer banner and trailer pages.

  • Shred jobs that do not have both a banner and a trailer page. Also shred jobs that do not have matching job numbers on the banner and trailer pages.

Planning the Classification Values in a Worksheet

The worksheet in the following table shows names and hierarchical values defined for the four classifications. Because the value 0 is reserved for the administrative ADMIN_LOW label, the value of the PUBLIC classification is set to 1. The values of the other classifications are set higher in ascending sensitivity.


Note - The names of groups in the labels are specified later, as WORDS in the SENSITIVITY LABELS and CLEARANCES sections.


Table 6-2 Classifications Planner

name=

sname=/aname=

value=

initial compartments= bit numbers/WORD

PUBLIC

PUB

1

None

INTERNAL_USE_ONLY

IUO

4

None

NEED_TO_KNOW

NTK

5

None

REGISTERED

REG

6

None

Planning the Compartment Values and Combination Constraints in a Worksheet

The following table defines the relationships between words and classifications. The relationships were determined by moving things around on the planning board in Figure 6-5. PUBLIC and INTERNAL_USE_ONLY can never appear in a label with any compartment. NEED_TO_KNOW can appear in a label with any of the compartments or all of the compartments.

Table 6-3 Compartments and User Accreditation Range Combinations Planner

Classification

Compartment Name/ sname/ Bit

Combination Constraints

PUBLIC

PUBLIC

only valid combinations

INTERNAL_USE_ONLY

INTERNAL_USE_ONLY

only valid combinations

NEED_TO_KNOW

SYSTEM ADMINISTRATION/ SYSADM/ 19

NEED_TO_KNOW

all combinations valid

MANUFACTURING/ MANU/ 18

ENGINEERING/ ENG/ 17 20

HUMAN RESOURCES/ HR/ 16

MARKETING/ MKTG/ 15 20

LEGAL/ LEGAL/ 14

FINANCE/ FINANCE/ 13

SALES/ SALES/ 12

EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT GROUP/ EMGT/ 11

ALL_DEPARTMENTS/ ALL/ 11-20

REGISTERED

REGISTERED

only valid combinations

The security administrator uses the following table to keep track of which bits have been used for compartments.

Table 6-4 Compartment Bit Tracking Table

11

12

13

14

15

16

17

18

19

20

Planning the Clearances in a Worksheet

The components of these labels are also assigned to users in clearances. The worksheet's Clearance Planner, Table 6-5, defines the label components to be used in clearances.

Key to Table 6-5:

Abbreviation

Name

REG

REGISTERED

NTK

NEED_TO_KNOW

IUO

INTERNAL_USE_ONLY

EMGT

EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT GROUP

SALES

SALES

FIN

FINANCE

LEGAL

LEGAL

MKTG

MARKETING

HR

HUMAN RESOURCES

ENG

ENGINEERING

MANU

MANUFACTURING

SYSADM

SYSTEM ADMINISTRATION

NDA

NON-DISCLOSURE AGREEMENT

Table 6-5 Clearance Planner

CLASS

COMP

COMP

COMP

COMP

COMP

COMP

COMP

COMP

COMP

Notes

REG

EMGT

ENG

FIN

HR

LEGAL

MANU

MKTG

SALES

SYSADM

Highest, not used *

REG

Assigned to selected personnel as needed **

NTK

ENG

Assigned to ENG group

SYSADM

Assigned to system administrator

IUO

Assigned to employees. and others with NDAs

PUB

Assigned to anyone

* The highest possible label in the system consists of the highest classification and all of the defined compartments. Because no one should be able to access all information in all departments, this label is not in the user accreditation range. No one should be assigned this clearance.

** When working at the REGISTERED sensitivity label, the user should set permissions to restrict access to everyone except the owner. File permissions of 600 and directory permissions of 700 restrict access.

Planning the Printer Banners in a Worksheet

The SecCompany legal department wants the following to appear on printer banner and trailer pages.

SecCompany Confidential:

The PRINTER BANNERS can be used to associate a string with any compartment that appears in the sensitivity label of the print job. In this encodings, only the NEED_TO_KNOW classification has compartments. The following table shows how the desired wording is specified as a prefix and assigned to each compartment. The abbreviation NTK is assigned to each channel so that the wording in the PRINTER BANNERS section includes the group name:

SecCompany Confidential: group-name
Table 6-6 SecCompany Printer Banners Planner

Prefix

Printer Banner (Word, No Suffix)

SECCOMPANY CONFIDENTIAL:

ALL_DEPARTMENTS

SECCOMPANY CONFIDENTIAL:

EXECUTIVE_MANAGEMENT_GROUP

SECCOMPANY CONFIDENTIAL:

SALES

SECCOMPANY CONFIDENTIAL:

FINANCE

SECCOMPANY CONFIDENTIAL:

LEGAL

SECCOMPANY CONFIDENTIAL:

MARKETING

SECCOMPANY CONFIDENTIAL:

HUMAN_RESOURCES

SECCOMPANY CONFIDENTIAL:

ENGINEERING

SECCOMPANY CONFIDENTIAL:

MANUFACTURING

SECCOMPANY CONFIDENTIAL:

SYSTEM_ADMINISTRATION

SECCOMPANY CONFIDENTIAL:

PROJECT_TEAM

Planning the Channels in a Worksheet

The SecCompany legal department wants the following handling instructions to appear on printer banner and trailer pages.

DISTRIBUTE ONLY TO group-name EMPLOYEES (NON-DISCLOSURE AGREEMENT REQUIRED)

This goal is met by assigning in the CHANNELS section the same compartment bits that were assigned to group names earlier in this example. The SecCompany company plans to use the same group names both in the compartments and in the channels.

The words that come before the channel name are specified as prefixes and the words that come after the channel name are specified as suffixes. The security administrator specifies prefixes and suffixes in the following worksheets.

Table 6-7 SecCompany Channels Planner

Prefix

Channel

Suffix

DISTRIBUTE_ONLY_TO

EXECUTIVE_MANAGEMENT_GROUP

EMPLOYEES (NON-DISCLOSURE_AGREEMENT_REQUIRED)

DISTRIBUTE_ONLY_TO

SALES

EMPLOYEES (NON-DISCLOSURE_AGREEMENT_REQUIRED)

DISTRIBUTE_ONLY_TO

FINANCE

EMPLOYEES (NON-DISCLOSURE_AGREEMENT_REQUIRED)

DISTRIBUTE_ONLY_TO

LEGAL

EMPLOYEES (NON-DISCLOSURE_AGREEMENT_REQUIRED)

DISTRIBUTE_ONLY_TO

MARKETING

EMPLOYEES (NON-DISCLOSURE_AGREEMENT_REQUIRED)

DISTRIBUTE_ONLY_TO

HUMAN_RESOURCES

EMPLOYEES (NON-DISCLOSURE_AGREEMENT_REQUIRED)

DISTRIBUTE_ONLY_TO

ENGINEERING

EMPLOYEES (NON-DISCLOSURE_AGREEMENT_REQUIRED)

DISTRIBUTE_ONLY_TO

MANUFACTURING

EMPLOYEES (NON-DISCLOSURE_AGREEMENT_REQUIRED)

DISTRIBUTE_ONLY_TO

SYSTEM_ADMINISTRATION

EMPLOYEES (NON-DISCLOSURE_AGREEMENT_REQUIRED)

DISTRIBUTE_ONLY_TO

PROJECT_TEAM

EMPLOYEES (NON-DISCLOSURE_AGREEMENT_REQUIRED)

Planning the Minimums in an Accreditation Range

The following minimums must be set:

  • Minimum sensitivity label

  • Minimum clearance

  • Minimum protect as classification

The SecCompany company wants employees to be able to use all the defined sensitivity labels. Also, the company wants to be able to assign the PUBLIC clearance to some employees. Therefore, the minimum sensitivity label and minimum clearance need to be set to PUBLIC.

The minimum protect as classification is printed on printer banner and trailer pages instead of the actual classification from the job's sensitivity label. The minimum protect as classification can be set higher than the actual minimum classification. However, the SecCompany company requirements allow the minimum protect as classification to always be equal to the real classification of the print job's sensitivity label. The security administrator specifies the value PUBLIC for the minimum sensitivity label, minimum clearance and minimum protect as classification.

Planning the Colors in a Worksheet

The color that is assigned to a label displays in the background whenever the name of the label appears at the top of a window. The lettering is displayed in a color that is computed by the window system to complement the background. In our example, the security administrator chooses to keep the colors already assigned to the administrative labels in the default label_encodings file. The administrator assigns green to PUBLIC, yellow to INTERNAL_USE_ONLY, blue to labels that contain NEED_TO_KNOW (with different shades of blue assigned to each compartment), and red to REGISTERED, as shown in the following table.

Table 6-8 SecCompany Color Names Planner

Label or Name (label= or name=)

Color

ADMIN_LOW

#BDBDBD

PUBLIC

green

INTERNAL_USE_ONLY

yellow

NEED_TO_KNOW

blue

NEED_TO_KNOW EMGT

#7FA9EB

NEED_TO_KNOW SALES

#87CEFF

NEED_TO_KNOW FINANCE

#00BFFF

NEED_TO_KNOW LEGAL

#7885D0

NEED_TO_KNOW MKTG

#7A67CD

NEED_TO_KNOW HR

#7F7FFF

NEED_TO_KNOW ENG

#007FFF

NEED_TO_KNOW MANU

#0000BF

NEED_TO_KNOW PROJECT_TEAM

#9E7FFF

NEED_TO_KNOW SYSADM

#5B85D0

NEED_TO_KNOW ALL

#4D658D

NEED_TO_KNOW SYSADM

#5B85D0

REGISTERED

red

ADMIN_HIGH

#636363

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