Non-interference in partial order models

Béatrice Bérard 1 Loïc Hélouët 2 John Mullins 3
1 MoVe - Modélisation et Vérification
LIP6 - Laboratoire d'Informatique de Paris 6
2 SUMO - SUpervision of large MOdular and distributed systems
Inria Rennes – Bretagne Atlantique , IRISA-D4 - LANGAGE ET GÉNIE LOGICIEL
Abstract : Non-interference (NI) is a property of systems stating that confidential actions should not cause effects observable by unauthorized users. Several variants of NI have been studied for many types of models, but rarely for true concurrency or unbounded models. This work investigates NI for High-level Message Sequence Charts (HMSC), a scenario language for the description of distributed systems, based on composition of partial orders. We first propose a general definition of security properties in terms of equivalence among observations, and show that these properties, and in particular NI are undecidable for HMSCs. We hence consider weaker local properties, describing situations where a system is attacked by a single agent, and show that local NI is decidable. We then refine local NI to a finer notion of causal NI that emphasizes causal dependencies between confidential actions and observations, and extend it to causal NI with (selective) declassification of confidential events. Checking whether a system satisfies local and causal NI and their declassified variants are PSPACE-complete problems.
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Béatrice Bérard, Loïc Hélouët, John Mullins. Non-interference in partial order models. ACSD'15 - 15th International Conference on Application of Concurrency to System Design, Jun 2015, Brussels, Belgium. pp.80-89, ⟨10.1109/ACSD.2015.11⟩. ⟨hal-01138787⟩

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