Thursday Dec 06, 2007

New Solaris Trusted Extensions, Patching and Live upgrade information on BigAdmin

If you do any work with Solaris, you NEED to know about Sun BigAdmin portal.  This is the place to find useful operational tips on a wide variety of Sun products and services targeted at the technical systems adminstration audience.

Examples of recently posted information include:

See the "What's new section for a complete list.

In addition to useful technical information, you will also find our Hardware and Software compatibility lists, newsletters and discussion forums where you can ask or answer a question.


Join the community today! 


 

Thursday May 31, 2007

Creating Tearline documents for cross domain access using Solaris 10 with Trusted Extensions

John Weeks of Sun has created an interesting application using Java for Solaris 10 Trusted Extensions.  It implements "tearlines" that allow a single document to be viewed differently by users with different levels of classification on the system.  A "Public" user might only see the basic description of a Sun bug report, for example, while an "Internal" user would see the basic description along with internal information such as responsible engineer, comments, release schedule etc.

Review John's presentation from JavaOne. Read more about it in the sidebar to this Government Computer News article.

Why should you care?

Sharing information has become a high priority for the US Government agencies responsible for defense and homeland security.  However, proper precautions must be taken to ensure that the right people see only the information they are allowed to see by law or policy.  Solaris 10 with built in Trusted Extensions facilitates this capability by providing a mature  multi-level operating system. 

This feature is available on Sun's Sparc, Intel and AMD platforms as well as those from other vendors such as IBM, Dell and HP. 


Monday Mar 05, 2007

Solaris 10 with Trusted Extensions extends Sun's Trusted Solaris legacy. See this comparison to Red Hat with SE Linux

You may have read my previous article about Solaris 10 Trusted Extensions and the security enhancements that it provides.  Glenn Faden is the lead architect for our Trusted Solaris products and has published two articles on Sun's Bigadmin web site.  Glenn has been in charge of our Trusted Solaris projects for over 15 years at Sun and knows security inside and out.

In two Bigadmin articles he compares the security models of Solaris 10 Trusted Extensions with RHEL 5.

 Solaris Trusted Extensions and Red Hat Enterprise Linux: Multilevel Security Policy Feature Summary Comparison
Glenn Faden (Distinguished Engineer, Sun Microsystems), February 2007

http://www.sun.com/bigadmin/features/hub_articles/mls_trusted_exts_table.jsp

Comparing the Multilevel Security Policies of the Solaris Trusted Extensions and Red Hat Enterprise Linux Systems
Glenn Faden (Distinguished Engineer, Sun Microsystems), February 2007

http://www.sun.com/bigadmin/features/hub_articles/mls_trusted_exts.jsp

Why should you care?

If security and separation of roles, networks and data is important, you should seriously consider using Solaris 10 11/06 which includes the Trusted Extensions.  There is no additional cost and it is developed as an open source project.  Feel free to join the community, contribute your comments, code and expertise.


About

Jim Laurent is an Oracle Sales consultant based in Reston, Virginia. He supports US DoD customers as part of the North American Public Sector hardware organization. With over 17 years experience at Sun and Oracle, he specializes in Solaris and server technologies. Prior to Oracle, Jim worked 11 years for Gould Computer Systems (later known as Encore).

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