Secure Workplace

Version: 
1.20
Release date: 
Friday, 6 August, 1993
Price: 
$25.00

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The Secure Workplace is a collection of objects designed to  protect against changes to the Desktop Setup. Date and time  encrypted passwords allow Help Desks to manage the user's  Desktop Setup.

This software is distributed as compressed package. You have to download and manually install it; if prerequisites are required, you will have to manually install them too.

Manual installation

Program is distributed as ZIP package: download to temporary directory and unpack to destination folder. Run SSETUP.EXE /S=SourcePath /T=TargetPath. See below for download link(s).

Following ones are the download links for manual installation:

Secure Workplace v. 1.20 (6/8/1993) Readme/What's new
THE SECURE WORKPLACE Copyright (c) 1993, Syntegration. All Rights Reserved The Secure Workplace is a collection of objects designed to protect against changes to the Desktop Setup. Date and time encrypted passwords allow Help Desks to manage the user's Desktop Setup. This product is distributed by: Syntegration 13241 Norton Avenue Chino, CA 91710 Tel: 909-464-9450 The objects are developed and supported by: Stephen G.L. Fox Tel: 909-464-9450 Fax: 909-464-9438 Compuserve ID: 73707,3331 You can obtain technical support by: 1) Calling the number above. 2) Leaving Electronic Mail on Compuserve for 73707,3331. 3) Posting a message for ID 73707,3331 in the Application Quest section (4) of the OS2USER CompuServe Forum. 4) Posting a message for ID 73707,3331 in the Other Vendors Section (1) of the OS2AVEN CompuServe Forum. INFORMATION ON LICENSING To use The Secure Workplace it is necessary to purchase a license. You may obtain a license for use of the product on one computer by sending a check for $25.00 to Syntegration at the address given above. You can obtain a SITE LICENSE for use of the product on more than one computer. Site License fees are based on the total number of computers that will use the software package. The License fees for: 2 to 9 computers are $22 each 10 to 49 computers are $20 each 50 to 99 computers are $18 each Please call to negotiate SITE LICENSES for more than 100 computers. THE SITE LICENSE INCLUDES ONE COPY OF THE SOFTWARE AND DOCUMENTATION. The Site License allows you to copy it for the number of machines licensed. Distributing, repackaging, or reselling of the software to third parties is not allowed. All licenses are prepaid. All fees are quoted in US funds. When you purchase a License for The Secure Workplace you will receive a copy of the objects with a unique time encryption customized for your organization. SECURE OBJECTS The Secure Workplace is a collection of objects designed to modify the behavior of the OS/2 desktop environment. These objects provide a secure environment that prevents the user from modifying the OS/2 desktop. Organizations that want to provide its users with a specific desktop setup, and want to prevent the user from changing the icons can use these objects with great benefit. You can can also use these objects as protection from accidental changes by others who occasionally borrow your workstation. The Secure Workplace consists of a Secure Desktop object, a Secure Folder object, a Secure Program object, and a Restricted Folder object. The Secure Desktop is used to prevent the user from changing the desktop settings. The setting notebook, the Tree View, and the details view are password protected. The Secure Folder is a type of folder that is password protected by a date and time encryption algorithm. Objects of this class have their Create Another, Copy, Move, Delete, and Create Shadow pop-up menu items removed. You can choose to remove the Delete pop-up menu items when you create this object. If you want to deny access to any Workplace objects, you put them into this type of folder. The Secure Program is used to protect from unwanted manipulations. Objects of this class have their Create Another, Create Shadow, Copy, Move, and Open Settings pop-up menu items removed. You can also remove the Delete pop-up menu item when you create instances of this object. Once a Secure program is defined the user will be prevented from changing it. Using this object class, you can create unchangeable desktop setups. The Restricted Folder is a secure object without password protection. This folder has the same security characteristics as the Secure Program class. This folder type is necessary piece of scaffolding needed to compete the protection of your desktop. PROTECTION SCHEME The secure objects are protected by a password that changes every minute. A user that discovers the password for a certain instance in time will not be able to use that password ever again. These objects generate passwords by encrypting the system date and time. The Secure Workplace includes a passkey program PASSWORD.EXE to generate passwords. Technical support or Help Desk personnel will use this program to open secure objects for changes or servicing. You would not usually install the passkey program on the same computer as the secure objects. THE PACKAGE CONTENTS The Secure Workplace demonstration package contains: SECURITY.DOC - The package documentation SDESKTOP.DLL - The Desktop Replacement class SFOLDER.DLL - The Secure Folder Object Class RFOLDER.DLL - The Restricted Folder Object Class SPROGRAM.DLL - The Secure Program Object Class SSETUP.EXE - The Secure Workplace installation program SREMOVE.EXE - The Secure Workplace uninstall program PASSWORD.EXE - Password Generation program SAMPLE.CMD - A Sample REXX program to create Secure Objects SETUP.DOC - Setup strings for program and folder objects SECURITY INSTALLATION Use SSETUP.EXE to install the Secure Workplace objects. The syntax is: SSETUP [/S=SourcePath] [/T=TargetPath] /S=SourcePath specifies the directory that contains The Secure Workplace files. The default directory is "A:\". /T=TargetPath specifies the target directory to copy the Object Class DLL files into. The target directory must be contained in the LIBPATH statement in your CONFIG.SYS file. The default target directory is "C:\OS2\DLL". CREATING SECURE OBJECTS You can create secure objects on a OS/2 desktop by using REXX Object interface functions, or the Workplace Object interface functions in a compiled language program. The REXX Object interface functions include SysCreateObject, SysSetObjectData, SysDestroyObject, SysQueryClassList. SysRegisterObjectClass, and SysDeregisterObject Class. You can include these functions in a REXX program. You can find the descriptions for these functions in the Information Folder under REXX Information. Look in the Rexx Utilities chapter of the contents. The Workplace Object interface functions include WinCreateObject, WinDestroyObject, WinSetObjectData, WinQueryObject, WinEnumObjectClasses, WinRegisterObjectClass, and WinDeregisterObjectClass. You can find descriptions of the functions in the OS/2 2.X Toolkit or the OS/2 2.X Technical Library. We recommend the REXX interface for creating and maintaining a standard desktop setup on many computers. To create Secure objects you need to know their case sensitive class names. These names are: SWSFolder - the Secure Folder Class SWRFolder - the Restricted Folder Class SWSProgram - the Secure Program Class SECURING YOUR DESKTOP The OS/2 operating system and its Workplace shell was designed as a flexible open environment. As you may imagine, locking it up is no trivial task. You can obtain degrees of security if you are willing to plug the holes. In this section we describe the holes in security and the how to plug them with Secure Objects. The Move, Copy, Create Shadow, Delete, and Create Another pop-up menu items on Workplace Objects, allow users to change the desktop considerably. The Secure Workplace objects disable all except the delete option. If you want to deny deletion, use a setup string that includes "NODELETE=YES;" during object creation. The Find pop-up menu item on Folder objects is a security hole. To avoid this hole create Secure Program, Restricted Folder, and Secure Folder objects to service ALL of your user's needs, then put everything else behind a Secure Folder. A Command Prompt gives the user access to the file system. With a little knowledge and a Command Prompt you can do almost anything. If you must make the Command Prompt available then create one using a Secure Program object. If you want to deny the command prompt then use the Secure Program class to define ALL accessible program objects. The System Setup folder is available from the desktop's pop-up menu. To deny access, create a Secure Folder and move the Setup objects into it, then delete the Setup Folder. The Drive's object Tree View will allow penetration of a Secure Folder by making its sub-folders visible. To ensure security you should put the Drive object that has the Desktop Directory behind a Secure Folder. If you discover any holes in this protection scheme, please notify us.
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