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This paper describes the architecture and the core specification language of an extensible access control system, called MACS-Multipolicy Access Control System. Several access control models are supported. by the proposed system, including the mandatory model, a flexible discretionary model, and RBAC. In addition, by using the core specification language, users can define their own access control models. The language is complemented by a number of tools supporting users in the tasks of model specification and analysis, and authorization management. The proposed system is a multipolicy system in that it allows one to apply different policies to different partitions of the set of objects to be protected. Therefore, different access control policies can co-exist, thus enhancing the flexibility of the system.
Date of Conference: 2002