WinLomac: Low Water Mark integrity protection for Windows 2000

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2002-01-01
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Gu, Xiaoyang
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Computer Science—the theory, representation, processing, communication and use of information—is fundamentally transforming every aspect of human endeavor. The Department of Computer Science at Iowa State University advances computational and information sciences through; 1. educational and research programs within and beyond the university; 2. active engagement to help define national and international research, and 3. educational agendas, and sustained commitment to graduating leaders for academia, industry and government.

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The Computer Science Department was officially established in 1969, with Robert Stewart serving as the founding Department Chair. Faculty were composed of joint appointments with Mathematics, Statistics, and Electrical Engineering. In 1969, the building which now houses the Computer Science department, then simply called the Computer Science building, was completed. Later it was named Atanasoff Hall. Throughout the 1980s to present, the department expanded and developed its teaching and research agendas to cover many areas of computing.

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Computer security has long been one of the most important research areas in computer science. In recent years, the rapid growth in Internet based industry has raised the importance of computer security to an unprecedented level. However, at the same time, profit driven commercial software development always leaves security concerns behind the quick incorporation of new functionalities. Therefore, the need to improve the security of these products is very urgent now. Microsoft Windows 2000, as one of the most popular operating systems, also needs to be improved. Especially, because of the unavailability of the necessary documentation and source code, few third party research and development have been done for Windows 2000 operating system kernel. In this paper, we introduce WinLomac, a prototype security enhancement software for Windows 2000 operating system that enforces Low Water Mark integrity model based Mandatory Access Control in the kernel.

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