Solaris 8 2/04 What's New Supplement

Security Enhancements

Feature Description 

Release Date 

Role-Based Access Control (RBAC)

The role-based access control (RBAC) databases can be managed through the Solaris Management Console graphical interface. Rights can contain other rights. Rights can now be assigned by default in the policy.conf file.

For more information, see “Role-Based Access Control” in the Solaris 8 System Administration Supplement.


SPARC: Smart Cards Administration

SPARC: The Solaris Smart Cards Administration Guide has been updated for the Solaris 8 1/01 release. Information on setting up internal card readers has been added. Step-by-step instructions for setting up smart-card support have been streamlined to make setting up smart cards easier.

In the 4/01 release, previous technical inaccuracies have been corrected. Also, a new chapter describes the tasks that you need to perform for smart-card setup. Another new chapter describes additional configuration tasks that you might need to perform if the default smart-card properties are not sufficient for your security environment. 

To view this book, see the Solaris Smart Cards Administration Guide.


Updated 4/01 

Generic Security Services Application Programming Interface (GSS-API)

The Generic Security Services Application Programming Interface (GSS-API) is a security framework that enables applications to protect the data they transmit. The GSS-API provides authentication, integrity, and confidentiality services to applications. The interface permits those applications to be entirely generic with respect to security. That is, they do not have to know the underlying platform (such as the Solaris platform) or security mechanism (such as Kerberos) being used. This means that applications that use the GSS-API can be highly portable.  

For more information, see the GSS-API Programming Guide.