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Combining Different Proof Techniques for Verifying Information Flow Security

Heiko Mantel, Henning Sudbrock and Tina Kraußer

When giving a program access to secret information, one must ensure that the program does not leak the secrets to untrusted sinks. For reducing the complexity of such an information flow analysis, one can employ compositional proof techniques. In this article, we present a new approach to analyzing information flow security in a compositional manner. Instead of committing to a proof technique at the beginning of a verification, this choice is made during verification with the option of flexibly migrating to another proof technique. Our approachalso increases the precision of compositional reasoning in comparisonto the traditional approach. We illustrate the advantages in twoexemplary security analyses, on the semantic level and on thesyntactic level.

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