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Thus. secret (S). called the Bell-LaPadula model.. The security classes in a system are organized according to a partial order. despite the DBMS enforcing all . The Bell-LaPadula security model deals with the preservation of confidentiality, and only confidentiality. Why? Because the government is all. The Bell-LaPadula Model corresponds to military-style classifications. It has influenced the development of many other models and indeed.

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Computer Security – A brief look.

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Role Based Access Control. The Bell-La Padula BLP model is a model of computer security that focuses on mandatory and discretionary access control.

The relevant paper was published in – in the days of the proto-Internet. The security model therefore focused on confidentiality – keeping different users on different terminals on a mainframe from accessing each other’s files. The goal of BLP, therefore, was to keep secret data secret, and share secret data when it was allowed to be shared. Read Down The first goal of the Bell-La Padula security model is to prevent users from gaining access to information above their security clearance.

In other words, a user with “Classified” access a low level clearance should not be able to read files marked as “Top Secret” a higher level of secrecybut someone with “Top Secret Access” should. The paper called this the Simple Security Property, because a naiive security model might consider this sufficient. Wikipedia has a nice concise definition of this property: The way that the security model dealt with this problem was through an Access Control List.

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Every file had an associated structure called an Access Control List that listed the permissions of every user in regards to the file. The language of the original model: The Multics operating system was, of course, an attempt at instantiating the Bell-La Padula model in real life.

The Bell-La Padula model in particular introduced the idea of both a mandatory and discretionary access control. A discretionary access control scheme is one where the owner of a file can manipulate the access control permissions to their desire.

Hence a malicious program an interpretation of a subject might pass classified information along by putting it into an information container labeled at a lower level than the information itself”. This property is called “write up”.

Protection: Bell-Lapadula Model

Trusted Write Down With these two properties, however, information will naturally drift “upwards” to top-secret classification. To deal with this, we also have the concept of the “trusted user”, which is a special user llapadula has the ability to “write down” data to lower levels of classification.

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In keeping with the military origins of the research, however, the authors also wanted to implement the ability to futher compartamentalize data on a need-to-know basis. Therefore, in addition to the two properties described so far, MULTICS also implemented discretionary access controlwhere a user could change the access control list of his files to further disallow or, in some variations, allow access.

Bell LaPadula Model

The Bell-La Padula paper formed the basis of the “Orange Book” security classifications, the system that the US military used to evalutate computer security for decades. Problems with Bell-La Padula: Focus on Confidentiality, not much else.

The process of assigning and enforcing security classifications for each file and user is glossed over in the model, and is hard to implement in real life. Classification of data data changes over time; how will you deal with this? Dbsm data tends to migrate into “higher” security classifications due to the write-up propertya trusted user has to continually “downgrade” it.

The original paper Wikipedia – Bell La Padula model.