A formal framework for policy analysis [report]

R Craven, J Lobo, E Lupu, J Ma, A Russo, M Sloman, A Bandara
We present a formal, logical framework for the representation and analysis of an expressive class of authorization and obligation policies. Basic concepts of the language and operational model are given, and details of the representation are defined, with an attention to how different classes of policies can be written in our framework. We show how complex dependencies amonst policy rules can be represented, and illustrate how the formalization of policies is joined to a dynamic depiction of
more » ... tem behaviour. Algorithmically, we use a species of abductive, constraint logic programming to analyse for the holding of a number of interesting properties of policies (coverage, modality conflict, equivalence of policies, etc.). We describe one implementation of our ideas, and conclude with remarks on related work and future research.
doi:10.25561/95341 fatcat:xggsvd4k7jgntjojdtrt4tlboe