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An approach to mobile agent security in Java

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Authors
Virden, Roy John
Subjects
Mobile agent
Security
Java
Authentication protocol
Advisors
Volpano, Dennis M.
Date of Issue
1998-03-01
Date
March 1998
Publisher
Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School
Language
en_US
Abstract
For many years, people have talked about the advantages of programs that can roam networks and provide services for a client. The programs, called agents, have many military applications as well. Among them, for instance, is data mining, where an agent is dispatched to find information for a client. There are security risks associated with agents. For instance, in the data mining example, a client must be able to trust the information returned. If a trusted node in a network can be spoofed, then an untrusted node can easily corrupt the results of the mining operation. This thesis presents a protocol to guard against this sort of attack. The protocol assumes that every trusted host knows all other trusted hosts. Though unrealistic for some commercial applications, it seems like a reasonable assumption for military applications.
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Thesis
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Department
Department of Computer Science
Other Units
Naval Postgraduate School
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Format
ix, 88 p.
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Distribution Statement
Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.
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