Risk Based Security Analysis of Permissions in RBAC

Nimal Nissanke, Etienne J. Khayat

Abstract

Because of its vulnerability to errors and, hence, unauthorised access, assignment of access rights is a critically important aspect of RBAC. Despite major advances in addressing this clearly using formal models, there is still a need for a more robust formulation, especially incorporating strict guidelines on assignment of access rights and how to perform such tasks as delegation of access rights. In this respect, this paper proposes a precise mathematical framework, capable of considering important factors such as the relative security risks posed by different access operations when performed by different users. This is based on a novel concept of a security risk ordering relation on such tasks, to be established by a detailed independent risk assessment process. In the case of lack of information on security risks, the approach makes conservative assumptions, thus forcing the security analyst to re-assess such situations if he disagrees with this default interpretation. The risk ordering relation is central to a security-orientated definition of role hierarchies and a security-risk minimising strategy to role delegation.

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Nissanke N. and J. Khayat E. (2004). Risk Based Security Analysis of Permissions in RBAC . In Proceedings of the 2nd International Workshop on Security in Information Systems - Volume 1: WOSIS, (ICEIS 2004) ISBN 972-8865-07-4, pages 331-340. DOI: 10.5220/0002687403310340


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@conference{wosis04,
author={Nimal Nissanke and Etienne J. Khayat},
title={Risk Based Security Analysis of Permissions in RBAC},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 2nd International Workshop on Security in Information Systems - Volume 1: WOSIS, (ICEIS 2004)},
year={2004},
pages={331-340},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0002687403310340},
isbn={972-8865-07-4},
}


in EndNote Style

TY - CONF
JO - Proceedings of the 2nd International Workshop on Security in Information Systems - Volume 1: WOSIS, (ICEIS 2004)
TI - Risk Based Security Analysis of Permissions in RBAC
SN - 972-8865-07-4
AU - Nissanke N.
AU - J. Khayat E.
PY - 2004
SP - 331
EP - 340
DO - 10.5220/0002687403310340