Implementing the Principle of Least Privilege Using Linux Capabilities: Challenges and Perspectives
Source of Publication
2023 7th Cyber Security in Networking Conference (CSNet)
Historically and by default, Linux does not respect the principle of least privilege because it grants all the privileges to administrators to execute their tasks. With the new personal data protection or export control regulations, the principle of least privilege is mandatory and must be applied even for system administrators. The Linux operating system since version 2.2 divides the privileges associated with the superuser into distinct units called capabilities. Linux capabilities allow coarse-grained access control to restricted system features. The “RootAsRole” project is introduced as a solution for delegating administrative tasks while matching the necessary capabilities. However, limitations in user experience and the mapping of Linux capabilities pose significant obstacles. This paper proposes enhancements to achieving a balance between usability and the principle of least privilege, emphasizing the need for precise capability definitions. Future work involves enhancing the RootAsRole access control model and addressing the need for a comprehensive administration access control framework for managing Linux capabilities effectively.
Access control, Linux, Process control, Manuals, Documentation, User experience, Regulation
Billoir, Eddie; Laborde, Romain; Wazan, Ahmad Samer; Rütschlé, Yves; and Benzekri, Abdelmalek, "Implementing the Principle of Least Privilege Using Linux Capabilities: Challenges and Perspectives" (2023). All Works. 6261.
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