Decentralized Authorization in a Database System.

Christopher Wood, Eduardo B. Fernández: Decentralized Authorization in a Database System. VLDB 1979: 352-359
  author    = {Christopher Wood and
               Eduardo B. Fern{\'a}ndez},
  editor    = {Antonio L. Furtado and
               Howard L. Morgan},
  title     = {Decentralized Authorization in a Database System},
  booktitle = {Fifth International Conference on Very Large Data Bases, October
               3-5, 1979, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Proceedings},
  publisher = {IEEE Computer Society},
  year      = {1979},
  pages     = {352-359},
  ee        = {db/conf/vldb/WoodF79.html},
  crossref  = {DBLP:conf/vldb/79},
  bibsource = {DBLP,}


Decentralization of the security functions of the database administrator is needed in large or complex databases for efficiency and simplicity, independently of whether the database itself is centralized or is distributed throughout a network. In this paper, a model of authorization for decentralized administration is developed. A key concept of the model is the use of data classes, sets of database objects, as the unit of delegation of authorization functions. Mechanisms for the delegation of administration and its revocation are presented. A possible scheme for the distribution of authorization-related data throughout a distributed processing network is described.

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Michel E. Adiba, Jean-Claude Chupin, Robert Demolombe, Georges Gardarin, Jean Le Bihan: Issues in Distributed Data Base Management Systems: A Technical Overview. VLDB 1978: 89-110 BibTeX
Joel Arditi, E. Zukovsky: An Authorization Mechanism for a Data Base. JCDKB 1978: 193- BibTeX
Morton M. Astrahan, Mike W. Blasgen, Donald D. Chamberlin, Kapali P. Eswaran, Jim Gray, Patricia P. Griffiths, W. Frank King III, Raymond A. Lorie, Paul R. McJones, James W. Mehl, Gianfranco R. Putzolu, Irving L. Traiger, Bradford W. Wade, Vera Watson: System R: Relational Approach to Database Management. ACM Trans. Database Syst. 1(2): 97-137(1976) BibTeX
Paul G. Comba: Needed: Distributed Control. VLDB 1975: 364-375 BibTeX
Eduardo B. Fernández, Rita C. Summers, Charles D. Coleman: An Authorization Model for a Shared Data Base. SIGMOD Conference 1975: 23-31 BibTeX
Eduardo B. Fernández, Rita C. Summers, Tomás Lang: Definition and Evaluation of Access Rules in Data Management Systems. VLDB 1975: 268-285 BibTeX
Patricia P. Griffiths, Bradford W. Wade: An Authorization Mechanism for a Relational Database System. ACM Trans. Database Syst. 1(3): 242-255(1976) BibTeX
James B. Rothnie Jr., Nathan Goodman: An Overview of the Preliminary Design of SDD-1: A System for Distributed Databases. Berkeley Workshop 1977: 39-57 BibTeX

Referenced by

  1. Eduardo B. Fernández, Ehud Gudes, Haiyan Song: A Model for Evaluation and Administration of Security in Object-Oriented Databases. IEEE Trans. Knowl. Data Eng. 6(2): 275-292(1994)
  2. U. Bussolati, Giancarlo Martella: A Database Approach to Modelling and Managing Security Information. VLDB 1981: 532-542
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