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Scheduler-Specific Confidentiality for Multi-Threaded Programs and Its Logic-Based Verification

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Observational determinism has been proposed in the literature as a way to ensure confidentiality for multi-threaded programs. Intuitively, a program is observationally deterministic if the behavior of the public variables is deterministic, i.e., independent of the private variables and the scheduling policy. Several formal definitions of observational determinism exist, but all of them have shortcomings; for example they accept insecure programs or they reject too many innocuous programs. Besides, the role of schedulers was ignored in all the proposed definitions. A program that is secure under one kind of scheduler might not be secure when executed with a different scheduler.

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