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Graphical User Interface for Security Administration

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000107804D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-22
Document File: 2 page(s) / 85K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Austen, RF: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This article describes a means of providing a graphical user interface to a Distributed Computing Environment (DCE) distributed security environment which will display all security objects within a known span of control for administration purposes.

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Graphical User Interface for Security Administration

       This article describes a means of providing a graphical
user interface to a Distributed Computing Environment (DCE)
distributed security environment which will display all security
objects within a known span of control for administration purposes.

      Security administration consists of setting up the various
aspects of a distributed security service.  Past DCE implementations
only provided for prompted command line or rudimentary interactive
interfaces to define, administer and change the object definitions
required for a distributed security service to run.

      To provide a graphical user interface for administration of
security objects, one must have visual representations of these
objects on the screen so that they can be selected and actions can be
taken on them, such as opening them to examine their definitions,
changing their definitions, deleting them, etc.

      Security administration involves using the following object
types within the security registry database to establish secure
objects within the distributed computing environment:
      Registry - This is a container that contains the user account,
group, organization, and principal object containers necessary for
security administration.
      Organizations - A collection facility that can be used for
establishing independent administrative policies.  The main purpose
of organizations is to provide a mechanism for partitioning the
administration of the database.  This container is populated with
organization objects.
      Groups - Collections of principals that share common access to
certain objects in the distributed systems.  Groups all...