Computer system security method and apparatus for creating and using program authorization information data structures

  • US 5,311,591 A
  • Filed: 06/03/1993
  • Issued: 05/10/1994
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/15/1992
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. In a computer system including processing means for executing a plurality of programs and memory means coupled to said processing means for storing data and for storing at least one program, said computer system having a plurality of computer resources and being capable of performing a wide range of information processing related functions under program control, a method for protecting a computer user from operations typically performable by a program while it is executing on behalf of a user, comprising the steps of:

  • establishing a program authorizing information data structure for storing a plurality of authorization entries each indicating at least one of those computer resources and information processing related functions which may be used by an associated program;

    storing said program authorizing information data structure; and

    associating the program authorizing information data structure with at least one program to be executed by said computer system to thereby protect the computer user from operations that might be performed by said at least one program, whereby the program authorizing information is available to be monitored when its associated program is executed.

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