A Verified Algorithm for Detecting Conflicts in XACML Access Control Rules

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Title: A Verified Algorithm for Detecting Conflicts in XACML Access Control Rules
Authors: St-Martin, Michel
Date: 2012
Abstract: The goal of this thesis is to find provably correct methods for detecting conflicts between XACML rules. A conflict occurs when one rule permits a request and another denies that same request. As XACML deals with access control, we can help prevent unwanted access by verifying that it contains rules that do not have unintended conflicts. In order to help with this, we propose an algorithm to find these conflicts then use the Coq Proof Assistant to prove correctness of this algorithm. The algorithm takes a rule set specified in XACML and returns a list of pairs of indices denoting which rules conflict. It is then up to the policy writer to see if the conflicts are intended, or if they need modifying. Since we will prove that this algorithm is sound and complete, we can be assured that the list we obtain is complete and only contains true conflicts.
URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10393/20539
http://dx.doi.org/10.20381/ruor-5150
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