Security

On the Security of Delegation in Access Control Systems

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Executive Summary

Delegation is a mechanism that allows a user A to act on another user B's behalf by making B's access rights available to A. It is well recognized as an important mechanism to provide resiliency and flexibility in access control systems, and has gained popularity in the research community. However, most existing literature focuses on modeling and managing delegations. Little work has been done on understanding the impact of delegation on the security of existing access control systems. In particular, no formal notion of security with respect to delegation has been proposed. Many existing access control systems are designed without having delegation in mind. Simply incorporating a delegation module into those systems may cause security breaches.

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