A holistic approach for access control policies: from formal specification to aspect-based enforcement
by Slim Kallel, Anis Charfi, Mira Mezini, Mohamed Jmaiel, Andreas Sewe
International Journal of Information and Computer Security (IJICS), Vol. 3, No. 3/4, 2009

Abstract: We present in this paper a novel approach to non-functional safety properties, combining formal methods and Aspect-Oriented Programming (AOP). The approach supports both the formal specification and the enforcement of such properties through runtime monitoring. We apply our approach for security policies and especially Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) policies including application-specific constraints such as separation of duties and delegation. For formal specification, we introduce TemporalZ, a formal language based on Z and temporal logic, which provides domain specific predicates for expressing RBAC policies. For the enforcement, we generate automatically modular enforcement code out of the formal specification using the aspect-oriented language ALPHA.

Online publication date: Mon, 18-Jan-2010

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