Access Control Models for Collaborative Applications

Abstract : The importance of collaborative systems in real-world applications has grown significantly over the recent years. The majority of new applications are designed in a distributed fashion to meet collaborative work requirements. Among these applications, we focus on Real-Time Collaborative Editors (RCE) that provide computer support for modifying simultaneously shared documents, such as articles, wiki pages and programming source code by dispersed users. Although such applications are more and more used into many fields, the lack of an adequate access control concept is still limiting their full potential. In fact, controlling access in a decentralized fashion for such systems is a challenging problem, as they need dynamic access changes and low latency access to shared documents. In this thesis, we propose a generic access control model based on replicating the shared document and its authorization policy at the local memory of each user. We consider the propagation of authorizations and their interactions. We propose a optimistic approach to enforce access control in existing collaborative editing solutions in the sense that a user can temporarily violate the access control policy. To enforce the policy, we resort to the selective undo approach in order to eliminate the effect of illegal document updates. Since, the safe undo is an open issue in collaborative applications. We investigate a theoretical study of the undo problem and propose a generic solution for selectively undoing operations. Finally, we apply our framework on a collaboration prototype and measure its performance in the distributed grid GRID?5000 to highlight the scalability of our solution
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Asma Chérif Berregba. Access Control Models for Collaborative Applications. Other [cs.OH]. Université de Lorraine, 2012. English. ⟨NNT : 2012LORR0217⟩. ⟨tel-01749620v1⟩

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