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JSW 2007 Vol.2(1): 27-38 ISSN: 1796-217X
doi: 10.4304/jsw.2.1.27-38

Supporting Attribute-based Access Control in Authorization and Authentication Infrastructures with Ontologies

Torsten Priebe1, Wolfgang Dobmeier2, Christian Schläger2, Nora Kamprath3

1Capgemini Consulting Österreich AG, Vienna, Austria
2Department of Information Systems, University of Regensburg, Germany
3KPMG Deutsche Treuhand-Gesellschaft Aktiengesellschaft, Frankfurt/Main, Germany

Abstract—In highly open systems like the Internet, attributebased access control (ABAC) has proven its appropriateness. This is reflected in the utilization of ABAC in authentication and authorization infrastructures (AAIs). However, specification and maintenance of ABAC policies has turned out to be complex and error-prone even in federations of limited size, especially if heterogeneous attribute schemes are involved. Here, the arising Semantic Web can contribute to a solution. This paper describes an architecture for embedding the access control process into a semantic context employing external knowledge in form of ontologies. We base our proposal on extensions of established open standards. Using the approach presented, policy management at the different sites of a federation is simplified by a semantic attribute management facility.

Index Terms—Security, attribute-based access control, authorization and authentication infrastructures, attribute management, semantic web, ontologies

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Cite: Torsten Priebe, Wolfgang Dobmeier, Christian Schläger, Nora Kamprath, " Supporting Attribute-based Access Control in Authorization and Authentication Infrastructures with Ontologies," Journal of Software vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 27-38, 2007.

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