SAFE: A Declarative Trust Management System with Linked Credentials [article]

Vamsi Thummala, Jeff Chase
2015 arXiv   pre-print
We present SAFE, an integrated system for managing trust using a logic-based declarative language. Logical trust systems authorize each request by constructing a proof from a context---a set of authenticated logic statements representing credentials and policies issued by various principals in a networked system. A key barrier to practical use of logical trust systems is the problem of managing proof contexts: identifying, validating, and assembling the credentials and policies that are
more » ... to each trust decision. This paper describes a new approach to managing proof contexts using context linking and caching. Credentials and policies are stored as certified logic sets named by secure identifiers in a shared key-value store. SAFE offers language constructs to build and modify logic sets, link sets to form unions, pass them by reference, and add them to proof contexts. SAFE fetches and validates credential sets on demand and caches them in the authorizer. We evaluate and discuss our experience using SAFE to build secure services based on case studies drawn from practice: a secure name service resolver, a secure proxy shim for a key value store, and an authorization module for a networked infrastructure-as-a-service system with a federated trust structure.
arXiv:1510.04629v2 fatcat:5465cxr7jraspjaod63zos6bkm