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Role Engineering is a security-critical task for systems using role-based access control (RBAC). Different role-mining approaches have been proposed that attempt to automatically infer appropriate roles from existing user-permission assignments. However, these approaches are mainly combinatorial and lack an underlying probabilistic model of the domain. We present the first probabilistic model for RBAC. Our model defines a general framework for expressing user permission assignments and can be specialized to different domains by limiting its degrees of freedom with appropriate constraints. For one practically important instance of this framework, we show how roles can be inferred from data using a state-of-the-art machine-learning algorithm. Experiments on both randomly generated and real-world data provide evidence that our approach not only creates meaningful roles but also identifies erroneous user-permission assignments in given data. Show more
Book titleProceedings of the 15th ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS '08)
Pages / Article No.
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
SubjectRBAC; Role Mining; Machine Learning; Clustering
Organisational unit03659 - Buhmann, Joachim M. / Buhmann, Joachim M.
03634 - Basin, David / Basin, David
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