Visible Desktop Security in Trusted Extensions
Trusted Extensions offers two desktops, the Solaris Trusted Extensions (CDE) desktop and
the Solaris Trusted Extensions (GNOME) desktop. Both desktops are labeled, but the labels
might not be visible when you are working at a single label. To
view an example of a system that is configured to display labels, see
A system that is configured with Trusted Extensions displays the trusted stripe except
during login and screen lock. At all other times, the trusted stripe is
visible. In Trusted CDE, the stripe is at the bottom of the screen.
In Trusted GNOME, the stripe is at the top of the screen. The
trusted symbol appears on the trusted stripe when you interact with the trusted
computing base. When you change your password, for example, you interact with the
When the monitors of a multiheaded Trusted Extensions system are configured horizontally, one
trusted stripe appears across the monitors. However, if the multiheaded system is configured
to display vertically, or has separate desktops, one per monitor, then the
trusted stripe appears on one monitor only.
Caution - If a second trusted stripe appears on a multiheaded system, the stripe is
not generated by the operating system. You might have an unauthorized program on
Contact your security administrator immediately. To determine the correct trusted stripe, see How to Regain Control of the Desktop’s Current Focus in Solaris Trusted Extensions Administrator’s Procedures.
For details about the applications, menus, labels, and features of the desktop, see
Chapter 4, Elements of Trusted Extensions (Reference).