Reusable components for developing security-aware applications

Authors Stefan Probst
Thomas Ziebermayr
Wolfgang Essmayr
Title Reusable components for developing security-aware applications
Booktitle Proc. 18th Annual Computer Security Applications Conf. (ACSAC 2002).
Type in proceedings
Publisher IEEE Computer Society
Address Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
ISBN 0-7695-1828-1
Month December
Year 2002
Pages 239-248
SCCH ID# 260

Today, security is considered to be an important aspect of multi-tier application development. Thoroughly researched concepts for access control exist and have been proven in mainframe computing. However, they are often not used in today’s development of multi-tier applications. One reason may be the lack of appropriate reusable components that support application developers that frequently have to re-invent the wheel when it comes to access controls. The goal of this paper is to promote awareness of security issues when developing applications and to illustrate a suitable approach for that. Our framework called GAMMA (Generic Authorization Mechanisms for Multi-Tier Applications) offers several authentication, access control, and auditing mechanisms. Access control models can be combined or used simultaneously in order to provide application-specific and highly customizable mechanisms. Moreover, due to its component-based structure, new security models and additional approaches for authentication or auditing can easily be added.