Date of Original Version

8-2009

Type

Conference Proceeding

Abstract or Description

Authorization policies are not stand-alone objects: they are used to selectively permit actions that change the state of a system. Thus, it is desirable to have a framework for reasoning about the semantic consequences of policies. To this end, we extend a rewriting interpretation of linear logic with connectives for modeling affirmation, knowledge, and possession. To cleanly confine semantic effects to the rewrite sequence, we introduce a monad. The result is a richly expressive logic that elegantly integrates policies and their effects. After presenting this logic and its metatheory, we demonstrate its utility by proving properties that relate a simple file system’s policies to their semantic consequences

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