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A file which contains text describing the current security policies enforced in a network. Such files are usually set up by a system administrator. The file is consulted whenever a component of the system attempts to carry out an action which might compromise the current security policy. For example, a typical entry in such a file might prohibit the transfer of applets into the system: a browser which was about to transfer a Web page containing an applet would consult this file before carrying out a page transfer and would be forbidden to carry out the transfer.

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