An Automatic Inference of Minimal Security Types

AutorBollmann, Dominik; Lortz, Steffen; Mantel, Heiko; Starostin, Artem
ArtConference Proceedings
AbstraktType-based information-flow analyses provide strong end-to-end confidentiality guarantees for programs. Yet, such analyses are not easy to use in practice, as they require all information containers in a program to be annotated with security types, which is a tedious and error-prone task - if done manually. In this article, we propose a new algorithm for inferring such security types automatically. We implement our algorithm as an Eclipse plug-in, which enables software engineers to use it for verifying confidentiality requirements in their programs. We experimentally show our implementation to be effective and efficient. We also analyze theoretical properties of our security-type inference algorithm. In particular, we prove it to be sound, complete, minimal, and of linear time-complexity in the size of the program analyzed.
InProceedings of the 11th International Conference on Information Systems Security (ICISS)