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Visual Security Policy (ViSP)

Visual Security Policy (or ViSP for short) has 4 components. The first as we saw in the example is a box: it's a visual area on screen that has an associate security policy.

 

The second is a channel, which allows communication between boxes. This can be one-way.

 

Then there's the multibox, which is a bit different in that it's more of a shortcut. There are many cases where there are a whole bunch of similar things on a page: lists of status updates, news stories, comments, etc. We might want to give them all similar security properties, and the multibox lets us do that. Also sometimes the “next” button may add things into the page instead of loading a new one, so the multibox makes sure you don't have to care if there's 5 things or 20 – they'll still be boxed up.

 

Finally there's structure which is the... invisible part of visual security policy. It lets you group things into columns, etc. even if the column itself shouldn't have any special security policy.

  

Note: This is part of my presentation on Visual Security Policy for the Web.

 

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Uploaded on August 23, 2010