security kernel


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security kernel

[si′kyu̇r·əd·ē ‚kər·nəl]
(computer science)
A portion of an operating system into which all security-related functions have been concentrated, forming a small, certifiably secure nucleus which is separate from the rest of the system.

security kernel

The part of the operating system that grants access to users of the computer system.
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However, it will trace the outlines of the computer security problem and show how the security kernel approach meets the requirements for a workable solution--although recent termination has nipped in the bud very promising work toward a solution.
To better understand kernel mode rootkits let's take a look at the basic principles of the security kernel architecture used in Windows NT/2000/XP platform design.
In the security community, efforts focused on properties of multilevel security kernels and supposedly small trusted computing bases have had some success in formalizing requirements and encouraging improved system architectures.