Definitions Edit

A security kernel is

[t]he central part of a computer system (hardware, software, or firmware) that implements the fundamental security procedures for controlling access to system resources.[1]
[t]he hardware, firmware, and software elements of a TCB that implement the reference monitor concept. A security kernel should mediate all accesses, be protected from modification, and be verifiable as correct.[2]

References Edit

  1. Auditing and Financial Management: Glossary of EDP Terminology, at 15.
  2. NASA Automated Information Security Handbook, App. C.

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