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Robust Composition: Towards a Uni ed Approach to Access Control and Concurrency Control

By Mark Miller

Abstract

When separately written programs are composed so that they may cooperate, they may instead destructively interfere in unanticipated ways. These hazards limit the scale and functionality of the software systems we can successfully compose. This dissertation presents a framework for enabling those interactions between components needed for the cooperation we intend, while minimizing the hazards of destructive interference. Great progress on the composition problem has been made within the object paradigm, chie y in the context of sequential, single-machine programming among benign components. We show how to extend this success to support robust composi- tion of concurrent and potentially malicious components distributed over potentially malicious machines. We present E, a distributed, persistent, secure programming language, and CapDesk, a virus-safe desktop built in E, as embodiments of the tech- niques we explain.

Topics: Access control, Concurrency control, Partial failure, Distributed objects, Promise pipelining, Object capabilities, Computer science
Year: 2006
OAI identifier: oai:jscholarship.library.jhu.edu:1774.2/873
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