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(2003 Miller & Shapiro) Rethinking the foundations of secure computing

Compares fundamentally different approaches to secure computing, showing how a powerful paradigm has been misjudged and set aside as a consequence of an erroneous academic analysis. Points the way to a revolution in secure computing based on the simple, well-understood principles of “object capabilities”. A must-read paper for anyone attempting to build a secure computing infrastructure.

With a link to slides and a PDF download:

Miller MS Shapiro JS. (2003) “Paradigm Regained: Abstraction Mechanisms for Access Control” Proceedings of ASIAN’03, Eighth Asian Computing Science Conference Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai India, edited by Vijay Saraswat. Springer Verlag, in press.

Follow-on work elsewhere:

The concepts in “Paradigm Regained” extended and applied to the Oz language.