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Securing HPE NonStop Servers using Safeguard

This course provides information and knowledge needed to secure HPE NonStop systems using HPE NonStop operating system utilities and Safeguard. Topics covered include kernel security architecture,...

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$4,000 USD
Course Code U4196S
Duration 4 days
Available Formats Classroom, Virtual

This course provides information and knowledge needed to secure HPE NonStop systems using HPE NonStop operating system utilities and Safeguard. Topics covered include kernel security architecture, Safeguard administration and installation, user authentication and management, Guardian security, and securing OSS files. Hands-on labs reinforce concepts discussed and provide the opportunity to use the utilities and Safeguard. The course is 70% lecture and 30% hands-on labs using HPE servers.

Skills Gained

At the conclusion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Be familiar with the $CMON interface and TACL considerations
  • Install and configure Safeguard software
  • Create and manage user IDs
  • Apply Access Control Lists (ACLs) on system objects
  • Describe sources of audit events
  • Use the Safecom command utility
  • Use the SAFEART utility to generate audit reports
  • Apply OSS standard security and OSS ACLs on OSS objects

Who Can Benefit

  • Information security administrators
  • Electronic Data Processing (EDP) auditors
  • System operations management personnel in security operations


  • Concepts and Facilities for HPE NonStop Systems (U4147S)
  • Knowledge of TACL commands (such as STATUS, FILEINFO, and WHO) for information gathering
  • Knowledge of Guardian utilities (such as FUP, SCF, and DSAP)
  • Knowledge of basic OSS commands and utilities
  • Ability to manage user profiles using the PASSWORD and DEFAULT programs

Course Details

Course Outline

Module 1: NonStop Kernel Security Architecture

  • Guardian and OSS application environments
  • Authentication, authorization, and audit
  • Goals of NonStop kernel standard security
  • Components of NonStop kernel security architecture
  • Memory address isolation and disk file protection
  • $CMON process
  • Licensed program files
  • Setuid setting for OSS programs
  • Lab

Module 2: Safeguard Features

  • Relation of Safeguard to the NonStop kernel
  • Safeguard extensions to NonStop kernel security system
  • Safeguard process components and their functions
  • Safeguard disk file components and global configuration options
  • Safeguard warning mode and OSS audit options
  • Lab

Module 3: User Authentication

  • Authentication defined
  • User profile management considerations
  • Safeguard configuration options for password management and system access control
  • Guardian user IDs and OSS UID
  • Administrative and file sharing groups
  • User profile options for Guardian and OSS
  • Network users and remote passwords
  • Create a user ID using Safecom
  • Lab

Module 4: User Management with Safecom

  • Safecom session commands and displays
  • User IDs and aliases management
  • File sharing group(s) for OSS usage
  • User audit attributes
  • Default protection for users
  • Safeguard authentication service
  • Lab

Module 5: Guardian Security

  • System product files and sensitive utilities
  • TACL specific considerations
  • Guardian disk file access and ownership control
  • Process and ownership control
  • Guardian disk file security
  • OSS UGO bits, umask, and profile file
  • OSS sticky bit, SETUID, SETGID
  • OSS file ownership access and control
  • Lab

Module 6: Securing OSS Files

  • OSS file system layout
  • File security
  • Permission modes
  • File and directory permissions
  • User and group IDs
  • Setting the sticky bit
  • OSS file change ownership and group association
  • OSS Access Control Lists (ACLs)
  • File and directory ACLs
  • Lab

Module 7: Authorization and Object Access Control

  • Object types and their management
  • Safecom to create and manage protection records on objects
  • Apply ACLs on objects
  • Object warning mode
  • ACL persistence
  • Node names on ACLs
  • Lab

Module 8: Safeguard Audit Configuration

  • Sources of security event audit information
  • Create, manage, and activate audit pools
  • Audit pool recovery modes
  • OSS API and process audit
  • Safeguard configuration for OSS audit
  • AUDITENABLED option for OSS filesets
  • SAFEART utility
  • Lab
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