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Formal analyses of usage control policies

: Pretschner, A.; Rüesch, J.; Schaefer, C.; Walter, T.


Fukuoka Institute of Technology:
International Conference on Availability, Reliability, and Security, ARES 2009. Vol.1 : Fukuoka, Japan, 16 - 19 March 2009 ; including workshop papers
New York, NY: IEEE, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-4244-3572-2
ISBN: 978-0-7695-3564-7
International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security (ARES) <4, 2009, Fukuoka>
International Conference on Complex, Intelligent and Software Intensive Systems (CISIS) <3, 2009, Fukuoka>
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer IESE ()

Usage control is a generalization of access control that also addresses how data is handled after it is released. Usage control requirements are specified in policies. We present tool support for the following analysis problems. Is a policy consistent, i.e., satisfiable? Is an abstractly specified usage control mechanism capable of enforcing a given policy? Can we configure such a mechanism by analyzing respective policies? In the context of propagation, where upon re-distribution of data duties may only be increased and rights decreased, can we check if a policy is only strengthened in this sense? - Our solution uses a model checker as theorem prover and is based on a translation of usage control policies into a Linear Time Logic (LTL) dialect. We provide evidence that even complex policies can be analyzed efficiently.