Tisa: A Language Design and Modular Verification Technique for Temporal Policies in Web Services

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Web services are distributed software components, that are decoupled from each other using interfaces with specified functional behaviors. However, such behavioral specifications are insufficient to demonstrate compliance with certain temporal non-functional policies. An example is demonstrating that a patient's health-related query sent to a health care service is answered only by a doctor (and not by a secretary). Demonstrating compliance with such policies is important for satisfying governmental privacy regulations. It is often necessary to expose the internals of the web service implementation for demonstrating such compliance, which may compromise modularity. In this work, we provide a language design that enables such demonstrations, while hiding majority of the service's source code. The key idea is to use greybox specifications to allow service providers to selectively hide and expose parts of their implementation. The overall problem of showing compliance is then reduced to two subproblems: whether the desired properties are satisfied by the service's greybox specification, and whether this greybox specification is satisfied by the service's implementation. We specify policies using LTL and solve the first problem by model checking. We solve the second problem by refinement techniques.

Bib Info

  author = {Hridesh Rajan and Jia Tao and Steve M. Shaner and Gary T. Leavens},
  title = {Tisa: A Language Design and Modular Verification Technique for Temporal Policies in Web Services},
  booktitle = {18th European Symposium on Programming ({ESOP '09})},
  year = {2009},
  month = {March},
  location = {York, UK},
  pages = {To appear},