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Concepts and Architecture of a Security-centric Mobile Agent Server

: Roth, V.; Jalali-Sohi, M.


IEEE Computer Society; Information Processing Society of Japan:
Fifth International Symposium on Autonomous Decentralized Systems 2001. Proceedings
Los Alamitos, Calif.: IEEE Computer Society Press, 2001
ISBN: 0-7695-1065-5
International Symposium in Autonomous Decentralized Systems (ISADS) <5, 2001, Dallas/Tex.>
Fraunhofer IGD ()
autonomous agent; Electronic Commerce; mobile agent security; malicious host; distributed application

Mobile software agents are software components that are able to move in a network. They are often considered as an attractive technology in electronic commerce applications. Although security concerns prevail. In this paper we describe the architecture and concepts of the SeMoa server- a runtime environment for Java-based mobile agents. Its architecture has a focus on security and easy extendability, and offers a framework for transparent content inspection of agents by means of filters. We implemented filters that handle agent signing and authentication as well as selective encryption of agent contents. Filters are applied transparently such that agents need not be aware of the security services provided by the server.