Security Evolution of a Network Operating System
1999 (English)Conference paper (Refereed)
In this paper, we study the security evolution of Novell NetWare from version 3.12 until the most recent version of today. A detailed description of both security features and flaws in Netware 3.12 is presented. The flaws were revealed during an intrusion experiment performed by undergraduate students as project work in a course in computer security. The paper also deals with new security features, as well as newly discovered weaknesses, in versions 4 and 5 of the network operating system. The paper concludes that the weakest points of the Novell NetWare system are the clients themselves and the connections between clients and servers. Surprisingly enough, this fact remains true despite significant security improvements in later versions of the system. It is discussed whether this result can be generalized, leading to the conclusion that virtually no commercial system will ever be secure
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm, Sweden, 1999.
Research subject Computer Science
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-23276OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-23276DiVA: diva2:597032
Proceedings of the Fourth Nordic Workshop on Secure IT Systems (NordSec 1999)