8th European Symposium on Research in Computer Security (ESORICS 2003)
Signature and Access Control Policies for XML Documents
Elisa Bertino, Elena Ferrari, Loredana Parasiliti Provenza
Abstract : Information push is today an approach widely used for information dissemination in distributed systems. Under information push, a Web data source periodically (or whenever some relevant event arises) broadcasts data to clients, without the need of an explicit request. In order to make information push usable in a large variety of application domains, it is however important that the authenticity and privacy requirements of both the receiver subjects and information owners be satisfied. Although the problem of confidentiality has been widely investigated, no comparable amount of work has been done for authenticity. In this paper, we propose a model to specify signature policies, specifically conceived for XML data. The model allows the specification of credential-based signature policies, supporting both single and joint signatures. Additionally, we provide an architecture for supporting the generation of selectively encrypted and authenticated XML document, ensuring at the same time the satisfaction of both access control and signature policies. The work reported in this paper has been partially supported by the EU under the PANDA IST Thematic Network.
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