A Framework for MLS Interoperability
NAVAL RESEARCH LAB WASHINGTON DC CENTER FOR HIGH ASSURANCE COMPUTING SYSTEMS (CHACS)
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Distributed object-oriented computing DOC is a new computing paradigm that promotes component-based development, location independence, scalability, software reuse, etc. Users of multilevel security MLS technology want to take advantage of these new technologies. However, the process of incorporating new technologies into MLS products is slower than the analogous process for non-secure commercial products because MLS products must go through rigorous evaluationcertification procedures. We propose an architectural framework that speeds up the process of introducing new technologies to MLS users. We examine the drawbacks of traditional MLS approaches and take a fresh look at the requirements of MLS users. We then introduce security-critical components that can enable MLS solutions and an MLS architectural framework that can accommodate not only legacy systems but also new technologies, including DOC, without jeopardizing system security. Our framework separates security critical componentsfunctions from the rest of the system because these components must go through rigorous evaluationcertification processes. This approach enables the secure use of new technologies for MLS users.
- Computer Systems Management and Standards