[cap-talk] Capability begginer questions
matheus.morais at gmail.com
Thu Oct 4 08:40:29 EDT 2007
Thank you very much for the valuable information, I'm starting to understand
what _really_ is the capability theory. I will follow your suggestion and
start to read and write a bit more before think about the implementation
details. I also would like to thank all replies (Kevin Reid in special)
which are helping me to understand better the capabilities.
In this week I will review and improve the documentations which I already
write according with this thread suggestions.
Again, thanks for all useful replies!
On 10/3/07, Jed Donnelley <capability at webstart.com> wrote:
> To my thinking you are focusing too much on implementation
> I believe the base idea of a capability is a parameter
> token that can communicate permission to a designated
> something (an object) between two protected domains
> (vats, processes, etc.) so as to preserve their possible
> mutually suspicious interaction.
> The strongest forms of capability implementation include
> the permission to communicate to whatever services
> requests on the object with the communicated capability.
> Such forms support the confinement property.
> Beyond the above it seems to me you start to delve into
> implementation details - which we on this list of
> course love to debate endlessly. You will find such
> a huge variety of successful implementations of the
> capability concept that I hope you don't try to define
> the concept by any particular implementation or even
> type of implementation - hardware, software, protected
> references, capabilities as data, etc.
> You can find efforts to describe capabilities that
> have been hashed to some extent on Wikipedia, e.g.:
> While I naturally have my own opinions that differ some
> (since I didn't write the above ;-), I particularly
> recommend the beginning of the second reference which
> I believe focuses on the essence of the capability concept.
> --Jed http://www.webstart.com/jed-signature.html
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