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The authors present a framework for managing system security. Based on a SNMP Management Information Base (MIB), namely the System SECurity MIB (SSEC MIB), the authors have defined managed objects and completed the ASN.1 description of the MIB that embeds them. The related security management functions are mainly focused on monitoring external script execution for system security scanning and access control. The main goal of this work is to introduce the semantics and a standard interface that will allow the realization of specific system security management functions independently of the underlying architecture. The definitions pertain to multi-user; multi-tasking operating systems that support TCP/IP communications and a prototype of the SSEC MIB are under development for UNIX system.
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