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rbacdbchk(1m) [hpux man page]

rbacdbchk(1M)															     rbacdbchk(1M)

rbacdbchk - Verifies the syntax of the Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) database files SYNOPSIS
verifies that there are no conflicting or inconsistent entries in and amongst the RBAC database files. also checks the syntax of the data- base files and prints messages indicating which lines contain errors. returns zero output if no errors are present in the database files. All the RBAC database files and are verified. See rbac(5) for more information on these RBAC database files. Options supports the following options: Checks the database. Checks the database. Checks the database. Checks the database. Checks the database. Cross reference checks all databases. EXTERNAL INFLUENCES
Environment Variables determines the language in which messages are displayed. International Code Set Support Single-byte character code set is supported. RETURN VALUE
0. Success 1. Incorrect syntax EXAMPLES
The following example finds an error that user is an invalid user # rbacdbchk [/etc/rbac/user_role] John: Administrator invalid user The value 'John' for the Username field is bad. The following example finds a syntax error, an extra colon at the end of a line: # rbacdbchk [/etc/rbac/user_role] root: Administrator: invalid name: Not alphanumeric The value 'Administrator:' for the Rolename field is bad. [Role in role_auth DB with no assigned user in user_role DB] Administrator:(hpux.*, *) The following example finds a field missing: # rbacdbchk [/etc/rbac/roles] : my comment invalid name: <empty> The value '' for the Rolename field is bad. The following example finds a bad role: # rbacdbchk [Role in role_auth DB with no assigned user in user_role DB] blah:(hpux.*, *) [Invalid Role in role_auth DB. Role 'blah' does not exist in the roles DB] blah:(hpux.*, *) The following example finds a bad group name: # rbacdbchk [/etc/rbac/user_role] &blah: Administrator invalid group The value 'blah' for the Group name field is bad. FILES
Database containing valid definitions of all roles. Database containing definitions of all valid authorizations. Database specifying the roles for each specified user. Database that defines the authorizations for each role. Database containing the authorization to execute specified commands, and the privileges to alter uid and gid for command execution. Database that defines the role-to-authorization to audit SEE ALSO
authadm(1M), cmdprivadm(1M), privrun(1M), rbac(5). rbacdbchk(1M)

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rbac, RBAC - role-based access control DESCRIPTION
The addition of role-based access control (RBAC) to the Solaris operating environment gives developers the opportunity to deliver fine- grained security in new and modified applications. RBAC is an alternative to the all-or-nothing security model of traditional superuser- based systems. With RBAC, an administrator can assign privileged functions to specific user accounts (or special accounts called roles). There are two ways to give applications privileges: 1. Administrators can assign special attributes such as setUID to application binaries (executable files). 2. Administrators can assign special attributes such as setUID to applications using execution profiles. Special attribute assignment along with the theory behind RBAC is discussed in detail in "Role Based Access Control" chapter of the System Administration Guide: Security Services. This chapter describes what authorizations are and how to code for them. Authorizations An authorization is a unique string that represents a user's right to perform some operation or class of operations. Authorization defini- tions are stored in a database called auth_attr(4). For programming authorization checks, only the authorization name is significant. Some typical values in an auth_attr database are shown below. and At Jobs::help=JobHeader.html Cron & At Administration::help=JobsGrant.html All Jobs::help=AuthJobsAdmin.html & At User::help=JobsUser.html Authorization name strings ending with the grant suffix are special authorizations that give a user the ability to delegate authorizations with the same prefix and functional area to other users. Creating Authorization Checks To check authorizations, use the chkauthattr(3SECDB) library function, which verifies whether or not a user has a given authorization. The synopsis is: int chkauthattr(const char *authname, const char *username); The chkauthattr() function checks the policy.conf(4), user_attr(4), and prof_attr(4) databases in order for a match to the given authoriza- tion. If you are modifying existing code that tests for root UID, you should find the test in the code and replace it with the chkauthattr() function. A typical root UID check is shown in the first code segment below. An authorization check replacing it is shown in the second code segment; it uses the authorization and a variable called real_login representing the user. Example 1 Standard root check ruid = getuid(); if ((eflag || lflag || rflag) && argc == 1) { if ((pwp = getpwnam(*argv)) == NULL) crabort(INVALIDUSER); if (ruid != 0) { if (pwp->pw_uid != ruid) crabort(NOTROOT); else pp = getuser(ruid); } else pp = *argv++; } else { Example 2 Authorization check ruid = getuid(); if ((pwp = getpwuid(ruid)) == NULL) crabort(INVALIDUSER); strcpy(real_login, pwp->pw_name); if ((eflag || lflag || rflag) && argc == 1) { if ((pwp = getpwnam(*argv)) == NULL) crabort(INVALIDUSER); if (!chkauthattr("", real_login)) { if (pwp->pw_uid != ruid) crabort(NOTROOT); else pp = getuser(ruid); } else pp = *argv++; } else { For new applications, find an appropriate location for the test and use chkauthattr() as shown above. Typically the authorization check makes an access decision based on the identity of the calling user to determine if a privileged action (for example, a system call) should be taken on behalf of that user. Applications that perform a test to restrict who can perform their security-relevant functionality are generally setuid to root. Programs that were written prior to RBAC and that are only available to the root user may not have such checks. In most cases, the kernel requires an effective user ID of root to override policy enforcement. Therefore, authorization checking is most useful in programs that are setuid to root. For instance, if you want to write a program that allows authorized users to set the system date, the command must be run with an effective user ID of root. Typically, this means that the file modes for the file would be -rwsr-xr-x with root ownership. Use caution, though, when making programs setuid to root. For example, the effective UID should be set to the real UID as early as possible in the program's initialization function. The effective UID can then be set back to root after the authorization check is performed and before the system call is made. On return from the system call, the effective UID should be set back to the real UID again to adhere to the principle of least privilege. Another consideration is that LD_LIBRARY path is ignored for setuid programs (see SECURITY section in and that shell scripts must be modified to work properly when the effective and real UIDs are different. For example, the -p flag in Bourne shell is required to avoid resetting the effective UID back to the real UID. Using an effective UID of root instead of the real UID requires extra care when writing shell scripts. For example, many shell scripts check to see if the user is root before executing their functionality. With RBAC, these shell scripts may be running with the effective UID of root and with a real UID of a user or role. Thus, the shell script should check euid instead of uid. For example, WHO=`id | cut -f1 -d" "` if [ ! "$WHO" = "uid=0(root)" ] then echo "$PROG: ERROR: you must be super-user to run this script." exit 1 fi should be changed to WHO=`/usr/xpg4/bin/id -n -u` if [ ! "$WHO" = "root" ] then echo "$PROG: ERROR: you are not authorized to run this script." exit 1 fi Authorizations can be explicitly checked in shell scripts by checking the output of the auths(1) utility. For example, for auth in `auths | tr , " "` NOTFOUND do [ "$auth" = "" ] && break # authorization found done if [ "$auth" != "" ] then echo >&2 "$PROG: ERROR: you are not authorized to set the date" exit 1 fi SEE ALSO, chkauthattr(3SECDB), auth_attr(4), policy.conf(4), prof_attr(4), user_attr(4) System Administration Guide: Security Services SunOS 5.11 15 Jul 2003 rbac(5)

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