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Provably Secure Operating System (PSOS)

 

The Provably Secure Operating System (PSOS) began in 1973 as an SRI International project to develop a secure general-purpose operating system. Unlike the KSOS project, PSOS was a full operating system, rather than a security kernel. SRI pursued the PSOS operating system project in addition to KSOS because the SRI team determined that a full operating system offered greater flexibility than a security kernel, which was tailored to a single security model.

Beginning with a general system design, the SRI team developed a complete system specification comprised of multiple software modules. The goal was to produce an operating system that adhered to both the Bell-LaPadula model of data confidentiality, and a second model that provided for data integrity. Although the project began in 1973, the project report in 1980 revealed the continuing difficulties the SRI team experienced in verifying the operating system as provably secure. Groups outside SRI -- including a smaller security kernel project at the University of California at Los Angeles, the Autodin (Automatic Digital Network) II secure packet-switching project for ARPAnet, and Honeywell's computer security efforts(1) -- experienced similar frustrations with verification. These difficulties reflected the undeveloped state of formal verification procedures, the lack of verification tools, and the realization that much of the Bell-LaPadula model was too simple for the complex needs of a computer operating system.(2)(3)(4)

Notes

1 : See project interviews with Earl Boebert and Richard Kain.

2 : lock Richard J. Feiertag and Peter G. Neumann, "The Foundations of a Provably Secure Operating System (PSOS)," 329-334, in Proceedings of the National Computer Conference 1979, New York: AFIPS Press, 1979, 329-334. (Login required)

3 : lock P. G. Neumann, et al., A Provably Secure Operating System, Menlo Park, CA: Stanford Research Institute 1975, 0-1 - 0-5. (Login required)

4 : Donald MacKenzie, Mechanizing Proof: Computing, Risk, and Trust, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2001, 168-170.


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