44.1.3. Mandatory Access Control (MAC)

44.1.3. Mandatory Access Control (MAC)

Mandatory Access Control (MAC) is a security mechanism that restricts the level of control that users (subjects) have over the objects that they create. Unlike in a DAC implementation, where users have full control over their own files, directories, etc., MAC adds additional labels, or categories, to all file system objects. Users and processes must have the appropriate access to these categories before they can interact with these objects.

In Red Hat Enterprise Linux, MAC is enforced by SELinux. For more information, refer to Section 44.2, “Introduction to SELinux”.


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