44.1.4. Role-based Access Control (RBAC)

44.1.4. Role-based Access Control (RBAC)

Role-based Access Control (RBAC) is an alternative method of controlling user access to file system objects. Instead of access being controlled by user permissions, the system administrator establishes Roles based on business functional requirements or similar criteria. These Roles have different types and levels of access to objects.

In contrast to DAC or MAC systems, where users have access to objects based on their own and the object's permissions, users in an RBAC system must be members of the appropriate group, or Role, before they can interact with files, directories, devices, etc.

From an administrative point of view, this makes it easier to control who has access to various parts of the file system, just by controlling their group memberships.


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