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Capability

1. A token allowing its holder an access right. Note: Capability-based systems (e.g. PIDs) provide added value in authentication but, since they are not cryptographically secure, cannot replace the password system [CESG]. 2. As used in the context of security, a form of privilege attribute. It is a token (recognized by a process managing access to security objects) possession of which grants access to the security objects to which the token applies [ECMATR46]. 3. A privilege attribute used as an identifier for a resource such that possession of the privilege attribute confers access rights for the resource [ECMA138]. 4. A token used as an identifier for a resource such that possession of the token confers access rights for the resource [7498-2].

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 
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