Role-Based Access Control Mechanisms: Distributed, Statically Implemented and Driven by CRUD Expressions

Óscar Mortágua Pereira, Diogo Regateiro, Rui L. Aguiar, "Role-Based Access Control Mechanisms: Distributed, Statically Implemented and Driven by CRUD Expressions", Proc. 9th ISCC (IEEE Symposium on Computers and Communications), Madeira, Portugal, Jun 2014

Abstract

Most of the security threats in relational database applications have their source in client-side systems when they issue requests formalized by Create, Read, Update and Delete (CRUD) expressions. If tools such as ODBC and JDBC are used to develop business logics, then there is another source of threats. In some situations the content of data sets retrieved by Select expressions can be modified and then committed into the host databases. These tools are agnostic regarding not only database schemas but also regarding the established access control policies. This situation can hardly be mastered by programmers of business logics in database applications with many and complex access control policies. To overcome this gap, we extend the basic Role-Based Access policy to support and supervise the two sources of security threats. This extension is then used to design the correspondent RBAC model. Finally, we present a software architectural model from which static RBAC mechanisms are automatically built, this way relieving programmers from mastering any schema. We demonstrate empirical evidence of the effectiveness of our proposal from a use case based on Java and JDBC.

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Conference: 9th ISCC (IEEE Symposium on Computers and Communications) in Madeira, Portugal