Security enhanced mobile agents

V. Varadharajan*

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This paper describes a security model for mobile agent based systems. The model defines the notion of a security-enhanced agent and outlines security management components in agent platform bases and considers secure migration of agents from one base to another. The security enhanced agent carries a passport that contains its security credentials and some related security code. Then we describe how authentication, integrity and confidentiality, and access control are achieved using the agent's passport and the security infrastructure in the agent bases. We also consider the types of access control policies that can be specified using the security enhanced agents and the policy base in the agent platforms. We discuss the application of the security model in roaming mobile agents and consider a simple scenario involving security auditing in networks.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security
Place of PublicationNew York, N.Y.
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)1581132034
Publication statusPublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes
Event7th ACM Conference on Computer Communications Security - Athens, Greece
Duration: 1 Nov 20004 Nov 2000


Other7th ACM Conference on Computer Communications Security


  • Mobile agents
  • Secure agent based application
  • Security model


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