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seL4 Enforces Integrity

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Executive Summary

The authors prove the enforcement of two high-level access control properties in the seL4 microkernel: integrity and authority confinement. Integrity provides an upper bound on write operations. Authority confinement provides an upper bound on how authority may change. Apart from being a desirable security property in its own right, integrity can be used as a general framing property for the verification of user-level system composition. The proof is machine checked in Isabelle/HOL and the results hold via refinement for the C implementation of the kernel.

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