On declassification and the non-disclosure policy, CSFW'05.

We address the issue of declassification in a language-based security approach. We introduce, in a Core ML-like language with concurrent threads, a declassification mechanism that takes the form of a local flow policy declaration. The computation in the scope of such a declaration is allowed to implement information flow according to the local policy. This dynamic view of information flow policies is supported by a concrete presentation of the security lattice, where the confidentiality levels are sets of principals, similar to access control lists. To take into account declassification, and more generally dynamic flow policies, we introduce a generalization of non-interference, that we call the non-disclosure policy, and we design a type and effect system for our language that enforces this policy.

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