Computer Science Department
School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University


Security for Network Attached Storage Devices

Howard Gobioff, Garth Gibson, Doug Tygar

October 1997

Keywords: Capabilities, NASD, network attached storage, security

This paper presents a novel cryptographic capability system addressing the security and performance needs of network attached storage systems in which file management functions occur at a different location than the file storage device. In our NASD system file managers issue capabilities to client machines, which can then directly access files stored on the network attached storage device without intervention by a file server. These capabilities may be reused by the client, so that interaction with the file manager is kept to a minimum. Our system emphasizes performance and scalability while seperating the roles of decision maker (issuing capabilities) and verifier (validating a capability). We have demonstrated our system with adaptations of both the NFS and AFS distributed file systems using a prototype NASD implementation.

20 pages

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