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Host Session Access Control

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000104765D
Original Publication Date: 1993-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-19
Document File: 1 page(s) / 48K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Johnson, WJ: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Current art provides several locking mechanisms to secure computing systems, e.g., startup lock and keyboard lock. Often, users work with multiple host sessions on their desktops that contain series of related long running jobs. More specifically, often in an environment in which personal systems are shared, users may have to step away from their system, leaving the system unattended while a long running job is running in one of the connected host sessions. In such a situation there is not a convenient way to secure the host session. If the owner of the host session locks the keyboard then it makes the system unavailable to the other users. A mechanism is desired to allow securing the individual host session windows on a desktop without making the entire system unavailable to other users that share the system.

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Host Session Access Control

      Current art provides several locking mechanisms to secure
computing systems, e.g., startup lock and keyboard lock.  Often,
users work with multiple host sessions on their desktops that contain
series of related long running jobs.  More specifically, often in an
environment in which personal systems are shared, users may have to
step away from their system, leaving the system unattended while a
long running job is running in one of the connected host sessions.
In such a situation there is not a convenient way to secure the host
session.  If the owner of the host session locks the keyboard then it
makes the system unavailable to the other users.  A mechanism is
desired to allow securing the individual host session windows on a
desktop without making the entire system unavailable to other users
that share the system.

      This article describes a locking mechanism to control access to
the users selected host session windows on the desktop of a personal
system without terminating the host session and/or locking the entire
personal system.  This consists of a Lock Manager program with a
function similar to the current system keyboard lock, but it only
protects the host session that is selected by the user.  In addition,
a Persistent Activator sends heart-bits, on a given interval, to the
host to avoid automatic logoff due to timeout condition/user
inactivity.  The Lock Manager can be activated from a pull-down menu
of the host s...