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reference monitor


  A set of design requirements on a reference validation mechanism that, as a key component of an operating system, enforces an access control policy over all subjects and objects. A reference validation mechanism is always invoked (i.e., complete mediation), tamperproof, and small enough to be subject to analysis and tests, the completeness of which can be assured (i.e., verifiable).
NIST SP 800-53 Rev. 5