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Evaluating the security of mobile agent platforms

: Bürkle, A.; Hertel, A.; Müller, W.; Wieser, M.


Autonomous agents and multi-agent systems 18 (2009), No.2, pp.295-311
ISSN: 1387-2532
ISSN: 1573-7454
Journal Article
Fraunhofer IITB ( IOSB) ()
mobile agent; security; agent platform

Mobility of software agents requires additional security measures. While the theoretical aspects of mobile agent security have been widely studied, there are few studies about the security levels of current agent platforms. In this paper, test cases are proposed to assess agent platform security. These tests focus on malicious agents trying to attack other agents or the agency. Currently, they have been carried out for two agent platforms: JADE and SeMoA. These tests show which of the known theoretical security problems are relevant in practice. Furthermore, they reveal how these problems are addressed by the respective platform and what security flaws are present.