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A formal validation approach for XACML 3.0 access control policy

Caserio C., Lonetti F., Marchetti E.

Atomic and Molecular Physics  XACML 3.0 formalization  policy testing  Coverage criteria  Electrical and Electronic Engineering  Analytical Chemistry  coverage criteria  and Optics  Instrumentation  Biochemistry  Policy testing 

Access control systems represent a security mechanism to regulate the access to system resources, and XACML is the standard language for specifying, storing and deploying access control policies. The verbosity and complexity of XACML syntax as well as the natural language semantics provided by the standard make the verification and testing of these policies difficult and error-prone. In the literature, analysis techniques and access control languages formalizations are provided for verifiability and testability purposes. This paper provides three contributions: it provides a comprehensive formal specification of XACML 3.0 policy elements; it leverages the existing policy coverage criteria to be suitable for XACML 3.0; and it introduces a new set of coverage criteria to better focus the testing activities on the peculiarities of XACML 3.0. The application of the proposed coverage criteria to a policy example is described, and hints for future research directions are discussed.

Source: Sensors (Basel) 22 (2022). doi:10.3390/s22082984

Publisher: Molecular Diversity Preservation International (MDPI),, Basel


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BibTeX entry
	title = {A formal validation approach for XACML 3.0 access control policy},
	author = {Caserio C. and Lonetti F. and Marchetti E.},
	publisher = {Molecular Diversity Preservation International (MDPI),, Basel },
	doi = {10.3390/s22082984},
	journal = {Sensors (Basel)},
	volume = {22},
	year = {2022}

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