Coordinating access control in grid services

Chadwick, David W. and Su, L. and Laborde, Romain (2006) Coordinating access control in grid services. In: 7th International Middleware Conference, November 27th - December 1st 2006, Melbourne, Australia. (doi: ) (Full text available)

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We describe how to control the cumulative use of distributed grid resources by using coordination-aware policy decision points (coordinated PDPs) and an SQL database to hold 'coordination' data. When access to a resource is granted, obligations in the security policy ensure that the coordination database is updated. The coordination database is a normal grid service providing distributed access to the coordinated PDPs. Access to the databases is secured by the grid security infrastructure (GSI) and its own PDP, so that only authorized users (the coordinated PDPs) can access it. A coordinated PDP is imbedded into the Globus Toolkitv4 authorization chain as a custom PDP so that any grid service can be protected by a security policy that provides a coordination capability. Each coordinated PDP uses the services of an uncoordinated PDP to make its access control decisions, so that any existing stateless PDP can be supplemented with a coordination capability. We provide performance results for the coordinated PDPs and compare these with two stateless PDPs. Virtually the entire performance penalty of using coordinated PDPs is accounted for by the heavy costs of using GSI to secure communications between the coordinated PDPs and the coordination database.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Paper)
Additional information: Proceedings Paper Special Issue: Middleware for Grid Computing: Future Trends (MGC2006)
Uncontrolled keywords: PDP coordinated access control grid security
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics (inc Computing science) > QA 75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Divisions: Faculties > Sciences > School of Computing > Security Group
Depositing User: Suzanne Duffy
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2009 18:22 UTC
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2014 12:56 UTC
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