Methods and systems for promoting security in a computer system employing attached storage devices

CAFC
  • US 7,036,020 B2
  • Filed: 07/25/2001
  • Issued: 04/25/2006
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/25/2001
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A storage device for promoting security in a computer system, the storage device comprising:

  • a storage medium for storing data;

    firmware for reading data from and writing data to the storage medium; and

    a partition defined on the storage medium for dividing the storage medium into a data partition and a secure data partition, the secure data partition for storing secure data and one or more authority records, wherein the one or more authority records define access permissions relating to the secure data partition and the secure data;

    wherein the secure data partition contains a master authority record, wherein the one or more authority records can be created and deleted as required by a user having access permissions according to the master authority record; and

    wherein only the firmware is permitted to access the secure data and the one or more authority records.

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