Security for Mobile Agents

  • Nobukazu Yoshioka
  • Yasuyuki Tahara
  • Akihiko Ohsuga
  • Shinichi Honiden
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 1957)


In view of the proliferation and expansion of wide-area open networks such as the intranets and extra-nets, agent technology is attracting greater attention. However, as yet there is well-established and widely used method of developing safe and secure agent systems. In this paper, we propose a methodology that supports the step-by-step development of mobile agent systems while ensuring consideration of security issues. This approach results in a robust infrastructure for practical system development, and by supporting calculation of various costs allows efficiency and security tradeoffs to be objectively evaluated.


Migration Model Agent Platform Sign Verification Agent Pattern Mobile Agent System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nobukazu Yoshioka
    • 1
  • Yasuyuki Tahara
    • 1
  • Akihiko Ohsuga
    • 1
  • Shinichi Honiden
    • 2
  1. 1.Corporate Research & Development CenterTOSHIBA CorpSaiwai-kuJapan
  2. 2.National Institute of InformaticsTokyhoJapan

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