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Semantic Access Control Model: A Formal Specification

  • Mariemma I. Yagüe
  • María-del-Mar Gallardo
  • Antonio Maña
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3679)

Abstract

The Semantic Access Control Model (SAC), built on the basis of separation of the authorization and access control management responsibilities, provides adequate solutions to the problems of access control in distributed and dynamic systems with heterogeneous security requirements. SAC is characterized by its flexibility for accommodating dissimilar security policies, but also by the ease of management and control over a large number of distributed elements and the support for interoperability of authorization mechanisms. In this paper, we present the semantic validation algorithms developed in SAC to detect semantically incomplete or incorrect access control policies. Additionally, the formal model of SAC along with some proofs of its soundness is introduced. This formalization is the basis for additional model checking of the semantic validation algorithms developed.

Keywords

Access Control Authorization Distributed Systems Security Formal Methods in security 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mariemma I. Yagüe
    • 1
  • María-del-Mar Gallardo
    • 1
  • Antonio Maña
    • 1
  1. 1.Dpto. de Lenguajes y Ciencias de la ComputaciónUniversity of MálagaMálagaSpain

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