Beyond Administration: A Modeling Scheme Supporting the Dynamic Analysis of Role-based Access Control Policies

Marius Schlegel, Peter Amthor

Abstract

Despite defining a de-facto standard in model-based security engineering, role-based access control models still suffer from limited analysis capabilities. This is especially true for dynamic security properties in the lineage of HRU safety. As a consequence, despite of their widespread use for policy specification and implementation, it is difficult to provide and preserve correctness guarantees for such models. We propose a formal framework, called DRBAC, to resolve this dilemma: While retaining application-oriented model abstractions, our approach allows to configure their dynamics in terms of state transitions. This enables a security engineer to tailor both a model and its analysis method to certain safety-related analysis goals. We demonstrate this claim based on a practical security policy.

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