The Craft of System Security / Edition 1
  • The Craft of System Security / Edition 1
  • The Craft of System Security / Edition 1

The Craft of System Security / Edition 1

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by Sean Smith, John Marchesini

ISBN-10: 0321434838

ISBN-13: 9780321434838

Pub. Date: 12/05/2007

Publisher: Addison-Wesley

"I believe The Craft of System Security is one of the best software security books on the market today. It has not only breadth, but depth, covering topics ranging from cryptography, networking, and operating systems--to the Web, computer-human interaction, and how to improve the security of software systems by improving hardware. Bottom line, this book

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"I believe The Craft of System Security is one of the best software security books on the market today. It has not only breadth, but depth, covering topics ranging from cryptography, networking, and operating systems--to the Web, computer-human interaction, and how to improve the security of software systems by improving hardware. Bottom line, this book should be required reading for all who plan to call themselves security practitioners, and an invaluable part of every university's computer science curriculum."
--Edward Bonver, CISSP, Senior Software QA Engineer, Product Security, Symantec Corporation

"Here's to a fun, exciting read: a unique book chock-full of practical examples of the uses and the misuses of computer security. I expect that it will motivate a good number of college students to want to learn more about the field, at the same time that it will satisfy the more experienced professional."
--L. Felipe Perrone, Department of Computer Science, Bucknell University

Whether you're a security practitioner, developer, manager, or administrator, this book will give you the deep understanding necessary to meet today's security challenges--and anticipate tomorrow's. Unlike most books, The Craft of System Security doesn't just review the modern security practitioner's toolkit: It explains why each tool exists, and discusses how to use it to solve real problems.

After quickly reviewing the history of computer security, the authors move on to discuss the modern landscape, showing how security challenges and responses have evolved, and offering a coherent framework for understanding today's systems and vulnerabilities. Next, they systematically introduce the basic building blocks for securing contemporary systems, apply those building blocks to today's applications, and consider important emerging trends such as hardware-based security.

After reading this book, you will be able to

  • Understand the classic Orange Book approach to security, and its limitations
  • Use operating system security tools and structures--with examples from Windows, Linux, BSD, and Solaris
  • Learn how networking, the Web, and wireless technologies affect security
  • Identify software security defects, from buffer overflows to development process flaws
  • Understand cryptographic primitives and their use in secure systems
  • Use best practice techniques for authenticating people and computer systems in diverse settings
  • Use validation, standards, and testing to enhance confidence in a system's security
  • Discover the security, privacy, and trust issues arising from desktop productivity tools
  • Understand digital rights management, watermarking, information hiding, and policy expression
  • Learn principles of human-computer interaction (HCI) design for improved security
  • Understand the potential of emerging work in hardware-based security and trusted computing

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Table of Contents

Preface xxiii
Acknowledgments xxxi

Part I: History 1

Chapter 1: Introduction 3

1.1 The Standard Rubric 4
1.2 The Matrix 7
1.3 Other Views 9
1.4 Safe States and the Access Control Matrix 16
1.5 Other Hard Questions 18
1.6 The Take-Home Message 21
1.7 Project Ideas 22

Chapter 2: The Old Testament 23

2.1 The Basic Framework 23
2.2 Security Models 25
2.3 The Orange Book 33
2.5 The Take-Home Message 43
2.6 Project Ideas 43

Chapter 3: Old Principles, New World 45

3.1 Solving the Wrong Problem? 46
3.2 Lack of Follow-Through? 48
3.3 Too Unwieldy? 49
3.4 Saltzer and Schroeder 53
3.5 Modern Relevance 56
3.6 The Take-Home Messagev57
3.7 Project Ideas 57

Part II: Security and the Modern Computing Landscape 59

Chapter 4: OS Security 61

4.1 OS Background 61
4.2 OS Security Primitives and Principles 68
4.3 Real OSes: Everything but the Kitchen Sink 73
4.4 When the Foundation Cracks 77
4.5 Where Are We? 82
4.6 The Take-Home Message 86
4.7 Project Ideas 86

Chapter 5: Network Security 87

5.1 Basic Framework 88
5.2 Protocols 99
5.3 The Network as a Battlefield 104
5.4 The Brave New World 112
5.5 The Take-Home Message 121
5.6 Project Ideas 121

Chapter 6: Implementation Security 123

6.1 Buffer Overflow 124
6.2 Argument Validation and Other Mishaps 132
6.3 TOCTOU 139
6.4 Malware 140
6.5 Programming Language Security 143
6.6 Security in the Development Lifecycle 148
6.7 The Take-Home Message 152
6.8 Project Ideas 152

Part III: Building Blocks for Secure Systems 155

Chapter 7: Using Cryptography 157

7.1 Framework and Terminology 158
7.2 Randomness 161
7.3 Symmetric Cryptography 163
7.4 Applications of Symmetric Cryptography 172
7.5 Public-Key Cryptography 174
7.6 Hash Functions 180
7.7 Practical Issues: Public Key 183
7.8 Past and Future 186
7.9 The Take-Home Message 187
7.10 Project Ideas 187

Chapter 8: Subverting Cryptography 189

8.1 Breaking Symmetric Key without Brute Force 190
8.2 Breaking Symmetric Key with Brute Force 192
8.3 Breaking Public Key without Factoring 194
8.4 Breaking Cryptography via the Real World 202
8.5 The Potential of Efficiently Factoring Moduli 209
8.6 The Take-Home Message 212
8.7 Project Ideas 213

Chapter 9: Authentication 215

9.1 Basic Framework 216
9.2 Authenticating Humans 217
9.3 Human Factors 220
9.4 From the Machine's Point of View 223
9.5 Advanced Approaches 226
9.6 Case Studies 237
9.7 Broader Issues 243
9.8 The Take-Home Message 247
9.9 Project Ideas 248

Chapter 10: Public Key Infrastructure 249

10.1 Basic Definitions 250
10.2 Basic Structure 252
10.3 Complexity Arrives 253
10.4 Multiple CAs 258
10.5 Revocation 262
10.6 The X.509 World 265
10.7 Dissent 268
10.8 Ongoing Trouble 271
10.9 The Take-Home Message 273
10.10 Project Ideas 273

Chapter 11: Standards, Compliance, and Testing 275

11.1 Standards 276
11.2 Policy Compliance 282
11.3 Testing 289
11.4 The Take-Home Message 297
11.5 Project Ideas 298

Part IV: Applications 299

Chapter 12: The Web and Security 301

12.1 Basic Structure 302
12.2 Security Techniques 316
12.3 Privacy Issues 329
12.4 Web Services 334
12.5 The Take-Home Message 336
12.6 Project Ideas 337

Chapter 13: Office Tools and Security 339

13.1 Word 340
13.2 Lotus 1-2-3 350
13.3 PDF 351
13.4 Cut-and-Paste 355
13.5 PKI and Office Tools 357
13.6 Mental Models 360
13.7 The Take-Home Message 363
13.8 Project Ideas 363

Chapter 14: Money, Time, Property 365

14.1 Money 366
14.2 Time 376
14.3 Property 381
14.4 The Take-Home Message 387
14.5 Project Ideas 387

Part V: Emerging Tools 389

Chapter 15: Formal Methods and Security 391

15.1 Specification 392
15.2 Logics 395
15.3 Cranking the Handle 403
15.4 Case Studies 404
15.5 Spinning Your Bank Account 404
15.6 Limits 405
15.7 The Take-Home Message 407
15.8 Project Ideas 409

Chapter 16: Hardware-Based Security 411

16.1 Data Remanence 412
16.2 Attacks and Defenses 415
16.3 Tools 423
16.4 Alternative Architectures 434
16.5 Coming Trends 440
16.6 The Take-Home Message 447
16.7 Project Ideas 447

Chapter 17: In Search of the Evil Bit 449

17.1 The AI Toolbox 451
17.2 Application Taxonomy 455
17.3 Case Study 458
17.4 Making it Real 464
17.5 The Take-Home Message 466
17.6 Project Ideas 466

Chapter 18: Human Issues 467

18.1 The Last Mile 468
18.2 Design Principles 472
18.3 Other Human-Space Issues 481
18.4 Trust 483
18.5 The Take-Home Message 485
18.6 Project Ideas 485

The Take-Home Lesson 487

Appendix A: Exiled Theory 489

A.1 Relations, Orders, and Lattices 490
A.2 Functions 491
A.3 Computability Theory 492
A.4 Frameworks 496
A.5 Quantum Physics and Quantum Computation 497

Bibliography 503
Index 525

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The Craft of System Security, by Sean Smith and John Marchesini is one of the industry¿s best resources to obtain the necessary understanding of computer system security. The authors delve into each of the subjects by introducing the reader to the basics and then quickly present the material to bring them full circle. The five sections are: (1) History, (2) Security and the Modern Computing Landscape, (3) Building Blocks for Secure Systems, (4) Applications and (5) Emerging tools. There are at least five books that are contained in this one volume that can stand alone. Each of the chapters end in a chapter summary termed ¿The Take-Home Message¿. The concepts are reinforced by including this at the end of the material being presented. The Craft of System Security begins with a brief history of computer security and explains how the field and principles that defined the area were conceived. I found the topic explaining the Orange Book to be very clear and concise. The section on Security and the Modern Computer Landscape briefly explains the OS and network security and how to apply them in ¿real-world¿ scenarios. The third part of the book, Building Blocks for Secure Systems, tackle the how to design, build and deploy secure computer systems. The explanation and utilization of cryptography, authentication, PKI and the validation of the systems as very detailed. In the final sections, the authors explain the applications and tools that can be deployed in your environment and networks. The information contained in this section may offer the reader a different prospective on how software and hardware impact security. Also, the human element is brought into focus. In order to fully understand the concepts that were being conveyed, I read the book a few times. This book is not for the ¿faint of heart¿ or novice. Although readers at all levels will obtain knowledge in computer security and how the methodologies relate to one another, it is understood that they should have the basic knowledge of the field prior to diving into this material. One of the recommendations that I would suggest for possible future editions of this book is to include a CD or other reference materials for the readers to quickly obtain and utilize the vast resources that are mentioned. I found this book extremely intriguing and full of practical information. I will refer to it through out my career as a valuable resource. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.