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1.  Introduction to Trusted Extensions Software

2.  Logging In to Trusted Extensions (Tasks)

Desktops and Login in Trusted Extensions

Trusted Extensions Login Process

Desktop Choice Before Login

Identification and Authentication During Login

Review Security Attributes During Login

Logging In to Trusted Extensions

Choose a Trusted Desktop

Identify and Authenticate Yourself to the System

Check Messages and Select Session Type

Troubleshoot Login Problems

Logging In Remotely to Trusted Extensions

How to Log In to a Remote Trusted Extensions Desktop

3.  Working in Trusted Extensions (Tasks)

4.  Elements of Trusted Extensions (Reference)



Logging In to Trusted Extensions

The following tasks step you through logging in to Trusted Extensions. You review and specify security information before reaching the desktop.

Choose a Trusted Desktop

  1. On the login screen, choose a desktop from the Options --> Sessions menu.
    • For Trusted CDE, choose Solaris Trusted Extensions (CDE).
    • For Trusted JDS, choose Solaris Trusted Extensions (JDS).
  2. Continue with Identify and Authenticate Yourself to the System.

Identify and Authenticate Yourself to the System

  1. In the Username field of the login screen, type your username.

    Be sure to type your username exactly as your administrator assigned it to you. Pay attention to spelling and capitalization.

  2. If you made an error, restart.
    • To retype your username, click Start Over.
    • To restart the windowing system completely, click Reset Login from the Options menu.

      Go to Choose a Trusted Desktop after your restart.

  3. Confirm your entry.

    Press Return to confirm your username.


    Caution - You should never see the trusted stripe when the login screen appears. If you ever see the trusted stripe while attempting to log in or unlock the screen, do not type your password. There is a possibility that you are being spoofed. A spoof is when an intruder's program is masquerading as a login program to capture passwords. Contact your security administrator immediately.

  4. Type your password in the password entry field, and press Return.

    For security purposes, the characters do not display in the field. The system compares the login name and password against a list of authorized users.


If the password that you provided is incorrect, a dialog box appears with the message:

Login incorrect; please try again.

Click OK to dismiss the error dialog box. Then, type the correct password.

Check Messages and Select Session Type

If you do not restrict yourself to a single label, you can view data at different labels. The range in which you can operate is bounded at the upper end by the session clearance and at the lower end by the minimum label that your administrator assigned to you.

  1. In the Last Login dialog box, check that the time of your last session is accurate.

    Always check that nothing is suspicious about the last login, such as an unusual time of day. If you have reason to believe that the time is not accurate, contact your security administrator.

    Figure 2-1 Last Login Dialog Box

    image:Window shows date and time of the user's last login, Message of the Day, and session attributes. Shows a single-label session button.
  2. Check for any messages from the administrator.

    The Message of the Day field can contain warnings about scheduled maintenance or security problems. Always review the information in this field.

  3. Examine the security attributes of your session.

    As Figure 2-1 shows, the Last Login dialog box indicates any roles that you can assume, your minimum label, and other security characteristics.

  4. (Optional) If you are permitted to log in to a multilevel session, decide if you want a single-label session.

    Click the Restrict Session to a Single Label button to log in to a single-label session.

    You are presented with a label builder. If you are logging in at a single label, the label builder describes your session label. In a multilevel system, the label builder enables you to choose your session clearance.

  5. Confirm your label choice.

    Figure 2-2 Label Builder

    image:Label Builder dialog box shows Task identifier, selected clearance. Shows update field, and classification and compartments to create new clearance.
    • Accept the default, unless you have a reason not to.
    • For a multilevel session, select a clearance.
      • Deselect the current clearance, and click a classification and a sensitivity label.

      • Or, in the Clearance field, type a clearance.

      • Or, in the Update With field, type a label.

    • For a single-level session, select a label.
      • Deselect the current label, and click a different classification.

      • Or, in the Update With field, type a label.

  6. Click OK.

    The trusted desktop that you chose, either Trusted CDE or Trusted JDS, appears.

Troubleshoot Login Problems

  1. If your username or password is not recognized, check with the administrator.
  2. If your label range is not permitted on your workstation, check with the administrator.

    Workstations can be restricted to a limited range of session clearances and labels. For example, a workstation in a lobby might be limited to PUBLIC labels only. If the label or session clearance that you specify is not accepted, check with an administrator to determine if the workstation is restricted.

  3. If you have customized your shell initialization files and cannot log in, you have the following two options.
    • Contact your system administrator to correct the situation.
    • If you can become root, log in to a failsafe session.

      In a standard login, the shell initialization files are sourced at startup to provide a customized environment. In a failsafe login, the default values are applied to your system and no shell initialization files are sourced.

      In Trusted Extensions, failsafe login is protected. Only superuser can access failsafe login.

      1. As in the Oracle Solaris OS, choose Options –> Failsafe Session on the login screen.
      2. When prompted, provide your username and password.
      3. When prompted for an additional password, provide the password for root.