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Supporting security requirements in multilevel real-time databases

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3 Author(s)
R. David ; Dept. of Comput. Sci., Virginia Univ., Charlottesville, VA, USA ; S. H. Son ; R. Mukkamala

Database systems for real-time applications must satisfy timing constraints associated with transactions, in addition to maintaining data consistency. In addition to real-time requirements, security is usually required in many applications. Multilevel security requirements introduce a new dimension to transaction processing in real-time database systems. We argue that due to the conflicting goals of each requirement, trade-offs need to be made between security and timeliness. We first define capacity, a measure of the degree to which security is being satisfied by a system. A secure two-phase locking protocol is then described and a scheme is proposed to allow partial violations of security for improved timeliness. The capacity of the resultant covert channel is derived and a feedback control scheme is proposed that does not allow the capacity to exceed a specified upper bound

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Security and Privacy, 1995. Proceedings., 1995 IEEE Symposium on

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8-10 May 1995