This blog, written by Michael Felt, discusses AIX security topics. Articles on IBM AIX security including PowerSC, AIX RBAC, AIX shell scripting, passwords and user security. RBAC or Role Based Access Control has been available in AIX since starting with AIX Prior to that, access control is AIX was the same as for any .

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This means that the user needs an authorization and privileges to execute bootinfo.

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This example shows that as the user httpd the installed modules can be listed apachectl -l but I cannot start the full-service. Successfully updated the Kernel Device Table.

Create our custom role We’ll make a role with a name, and a default message letting future users know what the role does, and assigning that authorization to the role.

Note that this account is not in the group httpd. In this way, you delegate the root responsibility to other users and reduce the security risk. Establishing and maintaining security policy Setting passwords for user Network configuration Device configuration.

The first iax of this role-based program is to verify that the user has the appropriate role to use the ebac. Exit out of the role session If the role was not set as a default role, the user can exit the role-enabled session back to their normal work environment. Authorizations get assigned to one or more roles; roles get assigned to users.

RBAC-related commands

This shows how the roles and authentications are distributed and how it is difficult to tamper the activities without the proper authorization. Each user is assigned a role. Also, the owner can modify object accessibility at any time i. This article shows how RBAC provides enhanced security to the system.


To bypass DAC, privileges are required. Successfully updated the Kernel Role Table.

This makes it the most powerful role on the system. Should a user with information system security officer ISSO or a similar role be able to execute shutdown? Disk Flash Servers Software Tape. System shutdown rvac File system backup, restore, and quotas System error logging, trace, and statistics Workload administration.

As authorizations are hierarchical in rbax, we could search for one that encompasses more LVM operations. The root user succeeds any access rbbac and performs any operation that it wants to do. Traditional AIX systems have a limited set of authorizations that can be used to determine access to certain administrative commands. System shutdown and reboot File system backup, restore and quotas System error logging, trace and statistics Workload administration.

Extended RBAC is granular. From the previous example, you can understand that only the user who rbax the roles, authorization, and privileges should be able to execute shutdown. The system has a pre-defined authorization to certain commands and roles ai system-defined users. The file paths used i. System-defined authorizations are prefixed with aix in the authorization hierarchy as shown in previous example, which may not be modified or removed.

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A role is a list of all the authorizations needed to complete a task. We use cookies to optimize your visit to our website. So far, you have seen how authorization and roles play a role in enhancing the security of the system.

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User administration excluding password Filesystem administration Software Installation and Update Network Daemon management and device allocation. This allows a normal user account special privileges without having to become root or use another utility, such as sudo.

If an application does not work when root starts it you can assume the issue with the application is not an access problem but something else that needs to be solved first. User administration except password setting File system administration Software installation update Network daemon management Device allocation SO – System Operator The SO role provides the authorizations for day to day operations rvac includes: The onus on a single user root is delegated.

There are five 5 components to the RBAC security database: Each program verifies the users roles e.

Priviledges are assigned to users. Does the rbc exist in the privileged command database? Further articles will discuss the implementation and usage of extended RBAC. If you would like to change your cookie settings at any time please view our privacy policy for additional information. Legacy RBAC also provides a framework for extending the pre-defined roles but it is quite difficult to use.