Abstracts - 12th Systems Administration Conference
Infrastructure: A Prerequisite for Effective Security
Bill Fithen, Steve Kalinowski, Jeff Carpenter, and Jed
CERT Coordination Center
The CERT Coordination Center is building an experimental information
infrastructure management system, SAFARI, capable of supporting a
variety of operating systems and applications. The motivation behind
this prototype is to demonstrate the security benefits of a
systematically managed infrastructure. SAFARI is an attempt to improve
the scalability of managing an infrastructure composed of many hosts,
where there are many more hosts than hosts types. SAFARI is designed
with one overarching principle: it should impact user, developer, and
administrator activities as little as possible. The CERT Coordination
Center is actively seeking partners to further this or alternative
approaches to improving the infrastructural fabric on which Internet
sites operate. SAFARI is currently being used by the CERT/CC to manage
over 900 collections of software on three different versions of UNIX
on three hardware platforms in a repository (/afs/cert.org/software)
that is over 20 GB in size.
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