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Securing Interaction Between Threads and the Scheduler in the Presence of Synchronization

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Executive Summary

The problem of information flow in multithreaded programs remains an important open challenge. Existing approaches to specifying and enforcing information-flow security often suffer from over-restrictiveness, relying on nonstandard semantics, lack of compositionality, inability to handle dynamic threads, inability to handle synchronization, scheduler dependence, and efficiency overhead for the code that results from security-enforcing transformations. This paper suggests a remedy for some of these shortcomings by developing a novel treatment of the interaction between threads and the scheduler. As a result, the authors present a permissive noninterference-like security specification and a compositional security type system that provably enforces this specification.

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