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Overview of Security Standards in the GridCSE 225High PerformanceandComputational GridsSpring 2000Prepared Bykwalsh@ucsd.edu


  • Gain familiarity with computer and network security standards.

  • Gain understanding of security requirements in Grid environments.

  • Gain understanding of some standards based security technologies present in Grid environments.

  • Learn about various Grid security models and system approaches to security.

  • Learn about some test bed implementations of security enabled Grid projects.

Security domains
Security Domains

  • Intradomain - internal to a given location or single organization. Contained security boundary.

  • Interdomain - encompasses two or more locations or organizations. Agreed on security boundaries and protocols between organizations.

Security the protection of assets
Security - The Protection of Assets

  • Prevention: take measure that protect your assets from damage

  • Detection: take measures that allow you to detect when an asset has been damaged, and who caused the damage.

  • Reaction: take measures that allow you to recover your assets or recover from damage to your assets.

Computer security
Computer Security

  • Confidentiality: prevention of unauthorized disclosure of information.

  • Integrity: prevention of unauthorized withholding of information.

  • Availability: prevention of unauthorized withholding of information or resources.

Network security 1
Network Security (1)

  • Trusted Networks

  • Identification and Authentication

  • Discretionary Access Control

  • Labels and Mandatory Access Control

  • Audit

Technology cryptography
Technology - Cryptography

  • DES (Data Encryption Standard)

  • DSA (Digital Signature Algorithm)

  • RSA (Rivest, Shamir, and Adelman)

  • Blowfish

  • IDEA (International Data Encryption Algorithm)

  • AES (Advanced Encryption Standard)

Technology ssh 1
Technology - SSH (1)

  • SSH is a packet-based binary protocol that implements a transport layer security mechanism.

  • Encompasses authentication, key exchange, encryption, and integrity.

  • TCP/IP is used as the transport usually

  • Basically an end to end encrypted tunnel

  • SSH logins the most prevalent between domains.

Technology pgp
Technology - PGP

  • Pretty Good Privacy

  • Public Domain

  • Popular for email and email of files

  • PGP user builds key ring of all public keys he has been given.

  • When message of file received from contact, can decrypt if key is on key ring

Shortcomings of pgp in distributed systems
Shortcomings of PGP in distributed systems

  • Reasonable basis for key management among friends, but once it passes the bounds of direct friends, the credibility becomes strained.

  • Example

    • Carol’s key is P1 signed with P2

    • Alice’s key is P2 signed with P4

    • Carol’s key is P1 signed with P5

      • What is the last certificate said Carol’s key is P3 signed with P5?

Kerberos 1
Kerberos (1)

  • Supports authentication in distributed systems.

  • Used for authentication between intelligent processes, client to server tasks or workstation to other hosts.

  • Basis of Kerberos is central server that provides authenticated tokens, called tickets.

Kerberos 2 initiating kerberos session
Kerberos(2)Initiating Kerberos Session

Kerberos 3 obtaining a ticket to access file
Kerberos (3)Obtaining a ticket to access file

Kerberos 4 strengths
Kerberos (4)Strengths

  • No password communicated on the network.

  • Cryptographic protection against spoofing.

  • Limited period of validity

  • Time stamps to prevent replay attacks

  • Mutual authentication

Kerberos 5 shortcomings in distributed systems
Kerberos (5)Shortcomings in distributed systems

  • Requires continuous availability of a trusted ticket granting service.

  • Authenticity of servers requires a trusted relationship between the ticket granting server and every server.

  • Requires timely transactions.

  • Subverted workstation can save and later replay user passwords.

  • Does not scale well.

Public key infrastructure 1
Public Key Infrastructure (1)

  • PKI: consists of software and procedures put in place by an organization

  • Supports the use of Public Keys for authentication and identifying users, services, and confirming digital signatures.

  • Public keys usually conform to the X.509 standard for certificates, and usually are based on the RSA public/private key encryption algorithm

Public key infrastructure 2 goals
Public Key Infrastructure (2)Goals

  • Application enabler

  • Secure Sign-On

    • Secure “Single” Sign Security

  • End-User Transparency

  • Comprehensive Security

Public key infrastructure 3 components and services
Public Key Infrastructure (3)Components and Services

  • Certification Authority

  • Certificate repository

  • Certificate Revocation

  • Key backup and recovery

  • Automatic key update

  • Key history management

  • Cross-certification

  • Support for non-repudiation

  • Time stamping

  • Client software

Public key infrastructure 4 current standards activities
Public Key Infrastructure (4)Current Standards Activities

  • X.509

  • PKIX

  • X.500

  • LDAP

  • S/MIME

  • IPsec

  • TLS

Section break
Section Break

  • Security in Legion and Globus

Security in legion 1 design principals
Security in Legion (1)Design Principals

  • 1- As in the Hippocratic Oath, do no harm!

  • 2- Caveat emptor - let the buyer beware.

  • 3- Small is beautiful.

Security in legion standards
Security in LegionStandards

  • X.509 ?

  • Keberos ?

Security in legion legion security model
Security in LegionLegion Security Model

Security in legion 2 basic concepts
Security in Legion (2)Basic Concepts

  • Every object provides certain known member functions - MayI, CanI, Iam, and Delegate. (Can be defaulted to NIL.)

  • Two objects associated with each operation: a responsible agent (RA) and a calling agent (CA)

  • Every invocation of member function is performed in the context of a certificate which contains the Legion Object ID. Certificate digitally signed by maker

Security in legion1
Security in Legion

  • Legion users responsible for own security.

  • Object might trust that the CA is correct.

  • Policies defined by objects themselves.

  • Every class defines a special member function, MayI.

  • MayI defines the security objects for a class.

  • Every member function invocation permitted only if MayI sanctions it.

Security in legion automatic invocation of outgoing calls
Security in LegionAutomatic invocation of outgoing calls

Security in legion2
Security in Legion

  • Authentication aided by use of Legion certificates - based on public-key cryptography by default. Must know private key to authenticate.

  • MayI functions can code their own authentication protocols

  • Every Legion object required to supply special member function Iam for authentication purposes.

Security in legion3
Security inLegion

  • Login establishes user identity and creates responsibility agent for user.

  • Login is building block for authentication and delegation.

  • Object can delegate new certificate to delegate rights.

  • Delegation policy defined by object.

Security in legion future work
Security in LegionFuture Work

  • Legion does not specify any particular encryption. Future standardization?

  • Legion eschews distinguished trusted objects - centralized key management server

  • Composition of a security policy

Security in globus 1 standards
Security in Globus (1)Standards

  • Standards subscribed to:

    • Generic Security Services (GSS) RFC 2078

    • Secure Socket Layer (SSL)

      • [SSleay]

    • Public Key Cryptography based on X.509 certificates

    • Kerberos

Security in globus 3 security requirements
Security in Globus (3)Security Requirements

  • Single sign-on

  • Protection of credentials

  • Interoperability with local security solutions

  • Exportability

  • Uniform credentials/certification infrastructure

  • Support for secure group communication

  • Support for multiple implementations


Local Services











Layered Architecture


High-level Services and Tools


Testbed Status







Core Services



Metacomputing Directory Service

Globus Security Interface

Heartbeat Monitor



Security in globus 4
Security in Globus (4)

  • assumes grid consists of multiple trust domains

  • assumes resource pool and user population are large and dynamic

  • interoperate with local security solutions - local security policies differ

  • authentication exportable - cannot directly or indirectly require use of bulk privacy

Security in globus 5
Security in Globus (5)

  • uniform credentials/certification - a user will be associated differently with site it has access to single logon - number of processes used in a computation will be dynamic access control

Security in globus 6 grid security infrastructure
Security in Globus (6)Grid Security Infrastructure

  • GSI provides authentication and data integrity (data signing, not encryption) services for Unix and Windows client/server programs

  • Can utilize an X.509 PKI

  • GSI library is layered on top of the SSLeay

  • Performs the X.509 certificate handling and SSL protocol.



User Proxy

Site 1












Public Key



Single sign-onvia “grid-id”

Assignment of

credentials to

“user proxies”






Site 2


to local ids










  • Computer security is machine access centric

  • Network security is network access centric

  • Grid security is application centric

  • Inter-domain communications based upon common security standards such as PKI.

  • Metacomputing approach that embrace security standards will be more widely adopted.