Analysing Approximate Confinement under Uniform Attacks

  • Alessandra Di Pierro
  • Chris Hankin
  • Herbert Wiklicky
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2477)


We are concerned to give certain guarantees about the security of a system. We identify two kinds of attack: the internally scheduled attack (exemplified by Trojan Horse attacks) and externally scheduled attacks (exemplified by timing attacks). In this paper we focus on the latter. We present a semantic framework for studying such attacks in the context of PCCP, a simple process algebra with a constraint store. We show that a measure of the efficacy of an attacker can be determined by considering its observable behaviour over the ” average” store of the system (for some number of steps). We show how to construct an analysis to determine the average store using the technique of probabilistic abstract interpretation.


Operational Semantic Analyse Approximate Galois Connection Average Store Abstract Semantic 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alessandra Di Pierro
    • 1
  • Chris Hankin
    • 2
  • Herbert Wiklicky
    • 2
  1. 1.Dipartimento di InformaticaUniversitá di PisaItaly
  2. 2.Department of ComputingImperial CollegeLondonUK

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