6.6 Novell Netware 4.x


The object under consideration is a Novell Netware 4.x network operating system (with a focus on Netware 4.11). Novell Netware is operated on PC servers and essentially provides the following infrastructure services in a network: authentication, directory service, file service, printing and logging. The subject of this chapter is the Novell 4.x network in a client-server function. Thus, this chapter is a supplement to chapter 6.1 and is operating-system specific.

A central aspect of the Novell Netware 4.x operating system is the distribution of the central database of the NDS (Novell Directory Services) - irrespective of any specific server systems - across the network, and an object-oriented approach towards the management of all elements in a homogeneous operating-system environment.

The functionality of Novell Netware add-on products such as DHCP, WEB Server and WAN Connectivity are also considered.


Threat Scenario

The following typical threats are assumed as regards IT baseline protection of Novell Netware Version 4.x:

Force Majeure:

Organisational Shortcomings:

Human Failure:

Technical Failure:

Deliberate Acts:

Recommended Countermeasures (S)

For the implementation of IT baseline protection, selection of the required packages of safeguards ("modules") as described in chapters 2.3 and 2.4, is recommended.

For networked PCs, the safeguards described in chapter 5 should be implemented. Bear in mind that these safeguards only concern the properties of Novell Netware 4.x. and that these, and the general network security safeguards described in chapter 6.1 "Server-supported network", complement one another.

The following measures are recommended in addition:




Contingency Planning:

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