Koshutanski, Hristo and Massacci, Fabio (2005) Abduction and Deduction in Logic Programming for Access Control for Autonomic Systems. UNSPECIFIED. (Unpublished)
Autonomic communication and computing is the new paradigm for dynamic service integration over a network. An autonomic network crosses organizational and management boundaries and is provided by entities that see each other just as partners that need to collaborate with little known or even unknown parties. Policy-based network access and management already requires a paradigm shift in the access control mechanism: from identity-based access control to trust management and negotiation, but even this is not enough for cross-organizational autonomic communication. For many services no autonomic partner may guess a priori what will be sent by clients and clients may not know a priori what credentials are demanded for completing a service, which may require the orchestration of many different autonomic nodes. To solve this problem we propose to use interactive access control: servers should be able to get back to clients asking for missing or excessing credentials, whereas the latter may decide to supply or decline requested credentials and so on until a ﬁnal decision is taken. This proposal is grounded in a formal model on policy-based access control. It identifies the formal reasoning services of deduction, abduction and consistency checking that characterize the problem. It proposes two access control algorithms for stateless and stateful autonomic services and shows their completeness and correctness.
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