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Mandatory Security Policy Enforcement in Commercial Off the Shelf Database Management System Software: A Comparative Analysis of Informix On-Line/ Secure and Trusted Oracle

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Master's thesis

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The objective of this thesis is to analyze the mandatory access control MAC features of two commercial multilevel trusted database management systems DBMS Trusted ORACLE 7 and Informix-OnLineSecure 5.0. We are attempting to determine how the problem of multilevel sharing of information is addressed in each multilevel secure DBMS. Commercially available documentation is used to examine the mandatory access controls enforced on labeled subjects and labeled objects and to compare them to the Class B1 requirements for MAC and labeling set forth in the Trusted Computer System-Evaluation Criteria TCSEC. A decomposition of the TCSEC requirements for MAC and labeling is mapped to the DBMS documentation to determine if the Class B1 requirements are met by each DBMS. With the TCSEC mapping as a reference, the interface features in support of MAC are analyzed and compared between the products. This analysis shows that each DBMS uses different schema objects and privilege sets to enforce its mandatory security policy. The MAC mechanism of each product is based on the Bell-LaPadula security model, extended to prohibit the writeup of data from lower level subjects to higher level objects. Each DBMS allows traditional trusted subjects to writedown data. When special privileges are granted to users, readups and writeups are permitted in both DBMSs. Database security, Multilevel secure database management systems, B1 DBMS, TCSEC Analysis, Database analysis, Database evaluations.

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  • Computer Programming and Software
  • Computer Systems Management and Standards

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