Date of Award

5-31-2002

Document Type

Thesis (Undergraduate)

Department

Department of Computer Science

First Advisor

David Kotz

Abstract

As wireless networks become more prevalent, a widening array of computational resources becomes available to the mobile user. Since not all users should have unrestricted access to these resources, a method of access control must be devised. In a context-aware environment, context information can be used to supplement more conventional password-based access control systems. We believe the best way to achieve this is through the use of Context-Aware Role-Based Access Control, a model in which permissions are assigned to entities called roles, each principal is a member of one or more roles, and a role's membership is determined using context information. We designed and implemented RDL (Role-Definition Language), a simple, expressive and somewhat extensible programming language to facilitate the description of roles in terms of context information.

Comments

Originally posted in the Dartmouth College Computer Science Technical Report Series, number TR2002-426.

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