Koshutanski, Hristo and Massacci, Fabio (2004) Interactive Access Control for Web Services. UNSPECIFIED. (In Press)
Business Processes for Web Services (BPEL4WS) are the new paradigms for lightweight enterprise integration. They cross organizational boundaries and are provided by entities that see each other just as business partners. Web services require shift in the access control mechanism: from identity-based access control to trust management and negotiation, but this is not enough for cross organizational business processes. For many businesses no partner may guess a priori what kind of credentials will be sent by clients and clients may not know a priori which credentials are required for completing a business process. We propose a logical framework for reasoning about access control for BPEL4WS and a BPEL4WS based implementation using Collaxa server. Our model is based on interaction and exchange of requests for supplying or declining missing credentials. We identify the formal reasoning services (deduction, abduction, consistency checking) that characterise the problem and discuss their implementation.
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