Chasing After Secrets in Relational Databases

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Provided by: RWTH Aachen University
Topic: Data Management
Format: PDF
Inference control can guarantee confidentiality but is costly to implement. Access control can be implemented efficiently but cannot guarantee confidentiality. Hence, it is a natural question to ask when exactly inference control becomes necessary. The authors characterize the situation in which it becomes possible to infer secrets without any violation of a given access control policy. For this purpose, they establish the chase as a tool that infers secrets from previous query answers by applying a class of equality- and tuple-generating data dependencies declared over the underlying schema.
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