PCAL: Language Support for Proof-Carrying Authorization Systems
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- Chaudhuri A., Garg D. (2009) PCAL: Language Support for Proof-Carrying Authorization Systems. In: Backes M., Ning P. (eds) Computer Security – ESORICS 2009. ESORICS 2009. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 5789. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
By shifting the burden of proofs to the user, a proof-carrying authorization (PCA) system can automatically enforce complex access control policies. Unfortunately, managing those proofs can be a daunting task for the user. In this paper we develop a Bash-like language, PCAL, that can automate correct and efficient use of a PCA interface. Given a PCAL script, the PCAL compiler tries to statically construct the proofs required for executing the commands in the script, while re-using proofs to the extent possible and rewriting the script to construct the remaining proofs dynamically. We obtain a formal guarantee that if the policy does not change between compile time and run time, then the compiled script cannot fail due to access checks at run time.
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