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Section: New Results

An authentication/authorization framework for federated environments

Participants : Ahmed Bouchami, Olivier Perrin.

Collaborative environments have put an enormous challenge on the security of information processing systems used to manage them. In the context of the Open PaaS project, we worked on a decentralised hybrid framework for managing access control designed for support of these environments. In our proposal, we manage thress dimensions: the authentication, the access control, and the governance of the security.

Our authentication framework supports an interoperable authentication, a combination of RBAC, XACML for decentralized multiple administration (authorization). Both identities and resources are federated: the former are controlled by PaaS Federated Security Modules, while the later are by a PaaS Federated Security Modules. This work has been presented in the I-ESA conference ([10] ).

We have also proposed a formal cloud-based authorization framework. We have considered trust to be a dynamic attribute to facilitate authorization decisions and have proposed models to handle different qualitative, quantitative and periodicity based temporal constraints. Further, we have presented an architecture for policies evaluation in the cloud. We presented our model in the CollaborateCom conference [17] . The model relies on a formal event-calculus based approach. We have introduced an architecture that considers different levels at which authorization policies can be specified and decisions can be taken and combines user level policies with the enterprise policies, and it considers real-time and dynamic environment changes (context), supports timed delegation, and the computation and specification of attributes based on trust. An implementation has been integrated in the Open PaaS platform.

A third aspect deals with the governance of the security aspects (mainly authorization). In this part, we have proposed to audit the various accesses to the resources, and we have proposed a model which is able to lower/raise the trust level of a member of the federated community.

During this year, we have also implemented and integrated the framework in the Open PaaS prototype, and all the code is now accessible in the repository of the project. The integration is done, and the other components of the project are now using the authentication/authorization component.