The role of reflective middleware in supporting flexible security policies

Na Xu*, Gordon S. Blair, Per Harald Myrvang, Tage Stabell-Kulø, Paul Grace

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Abstract

Next generation middleware must support applications in the face of increasing diversity in interaction paradigms, end system types and network styles. Therefore, to secure applications, security policies must be configured and indeed reconfigured at runtime. In this paper, we propose an approach combining the openness of reflective middleware with the flexibility of programmable security to meet such demands. In particular, we build a security architecture based on the Gridkit reflective middleware platform and the Obol security protocol programming language. The paper then describes a case study that uses flexible policies in order to secure remote procedure calls and secure group communication. We also present the benefits of this approach in terms of flexibility, ease of use and extensibility.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGSEM 2006 - 3rd International Conference on Grid Service Engineering and Management, Co-located with the 7th International Conference on Net.ObjectDays 2006, NODe 2006
Pages97-112
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2006
Event3rd International Conference on Grid Service Engineering and Management, GSEM 2006 - Co-located with the 7th International Conference on Net.ObjectDays 2006, NODe 2006 - Erfurt, Germany
Duration: 18 Sep 200620 Sep 2006

Conference

Conference3rd International Conference on Grid Service Engineering and Management, GSEM 2006 - Co-located with the 7th International Conference on Net.ObjectDays 2006, NODe 2006
CountryGermany
CityErfurt
Period18/09/0620/09/06

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