Verification of secure distributed systems in higher order logic: A modular approach using generic components

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In this paper we present a generalization of McCullough's restrictiveness model as the basis for proving security properties about distributed system designs. We mechanize this generalization and an event-based model of computer systems in the HOL (Higher Order Logic) system to prove the composability of the model and several other properties about the model. We then develop a set of generalized classes of system components and show for which families of user views they satisfied the model. Using these classes we develop a collection of general system components that are instantiations of one of these classes and show that the ... continued below

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Alves-Foss, J. & Levitt, K. January 1, 1991.

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In this paper we present a generalization of McCullough's restrictiveness model as the basis for proving security properties about distributed system designs. We mechanize this generalization and an event-based model of computer systems in the HOL (Higher Order Logic) system to prove the composability of the model and several other properties about the model. We then develop a set of generalized classes of system components and show for which families of user views they satisfied the model. Using these classes we develop a collection of general system components that are instantiations of one of these classes and show that the instantiations also satisfied the security property. We then conclude with a sample distributed secure system, based on the Rushby and Randell distributed system design and designed using our collection of components, and show how our mechanized verification system can be used to verify such designs. 16 refs., 20 figs.

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  • IEEE symposium on research in security and privacy, Oakland, CA (USA), May 1991

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  • Other: DE91007635
  • Report No.: UCRL-JC-105791
  • Report No.: CONF-910596--2
  • Grant Number: W-7405-ENG-48
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 6036797
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc1094803

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Alves-Foss, J. & Levitt, K. Verification of secure distributed systems in higher order logic: A modular approach using generic components, article, January 1, 1991; [Livermore,] California. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1094803/: accessed December 18, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.