Introducing trusted third parties to the mobile agent paradigm

Uwe G. Wilhelm, Sebastian Staamann, L. Buttyán

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Abstract

The mobile agent paradigm gains ever more acceptance for the creation of distributed applications, particularly in the domain of electronic commerce. In such applications, a mobile agent roams the global Internet in search of services for its owner. One of the problems with this approach is that malicious service providers on the agent's itinerary can access confidential information contained in the agent or tamper with the agent. In this article we identify trust as a major issue in this context and propose a pessimistic approach to trust that tries to prevent malicious behaviour rather than correcting it. The approach relies on a trusted and tamper-resistant hardware device that provides the mobile agent with the means to protect itself. Finally, we show that the approach is not limited to protecting the mobile agents of a user but can also be extended to protect the mobile agents of a trusted third party in order to take full advantage of the mobile agent paradigm.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSecure Internet Programming - Security Issues for Mobile and Distributed Objects
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages469-489
Number of pages21
Volume1603
ISBN (Print)9783540661306
Publication statusPublished - 1999
EventEuropean Workshop on Distributed Object Security, EWDOS 1998 and Workshop on Mobile Object Systems: Secure Internet Mobile Computations, MOS 1998 held in conjunction with European Conference on Object-Oriented Programming, ECOOP 1998 - Brussels, Belgium
Duration: Jul 21 1998Jul 21 1998

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume1603
ISSN (Print)03029743
ISSN (Electronic)16113349

Other

OtherEuropean Workshop on Distributed Object Security, EWDOS 1998 and Workshop on Mobile Object Systems: Secure Internet Mobile Computations, MOS 1998 held in conjunction with European Conference on Object-Oriented Programming, ECOOP 1998
CountryBelgium
CityBrussels
Period7/21/987/21/98

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  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

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Wilhelm, U. G., Staamann, S., & Buttyán, L. (1999). Introducing trusted third parties to the mobile agent paradigm. In Secure Internet Programming - Security Issues for Mobile and Distributed Objects (Vol. 1603, pp. 469-489). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); Vol. 1603). Springer Verlag.