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Techniques for automating policy specification for application-oriented access controls

Schreuders, Z.C., Payne, C. and McGill, T.J. (2011) Techniques for automating policy specification for application-oriented access controls. In: Sixth International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security (AReS 2011), 22 - 26 August 2011, Vienna, Austria pp. 266-271.

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By managing the authority assigned to each application, rule-based application-oriented access controls can significantly mitigate the threats posed by malicious code due to software vulnerabilities or malware. However, these policies are typically complex and difficult to develop. Learning modes can ease specification; however, they still require high levels of expertise to utilise correctly, and are most suited to confining nonmalicious software.

This paper presents a novel approach to automating policy specification for rule-based application-oriented access controls. The functionality-based application confinement (FBAC) model provides reusable parameterised abstractions. A number of straightforward yet effective techniques are presented that use these functionality-based abstractions to create application policies a priori; that is, without running programs before policies are specified. These techniques automate the specification of policy details by analysing program dependencies, program management information, and filesystem contents.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Information Technology
Publisher: IEEE
Copyright: 2011 IEEE
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Notes: Appears In: Availability, Reliability and Security (ARES), 2011 Sixth International Conference on...Proceedings
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