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Securing dynamic itineraries for mobile agent applications

By Joan Borrell Viader, Sergi Robles Martínez and Carles Garrigues Olivella

Abstract

In this paper we present a novel mechanism for the protection of dynamic itineraries for mobile agent applications. Itineraries that are decided as the agent goes are essential in complex applications based on mobile agents, but no approach has been presented until now to protect them. We have conceived a cryptographic scheme for shielding dynamic itineraries from tampering, impersonation and disclosure. By using trust strategically, our scheme provides a balanced trade-off between flexibility and security. Our protection scheme has been thought always bearing in mind a feasible implementation, and thus facilitates the development of applications that make use of it. An example application based on a real healthcare scenario is also presented to show its operation

Topics: Distributed applications, Mobile agents, Dynamic itineraries, Security, aplicaciones distribuidas, agentes móviles, itinerarios dinámicos, seguridad, agents mòbils, itineraris dinàmics, aplicacions distribuïdes, seguretat
Publisher: Journal of Network and Computer Applications
Year: 2008
OAI identifier: oai:openaccess.uoc.edu:10609/17101
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