ISSN : 1796-2021
Volume : 3    Issue : 2    Date : April 2008

A Secure Mobile Agents Platform
Leila Ismail
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Mobile Agents is a new paradigm for distributed computing where security is very essential to the
acceptance of this paradigm in a large scale distributed environment. In this paper, we propose
protection mechanisms for mobile agents. In these mechanisms, the authentication of mobile
agents and the access control to the system resources are controlled by the mobile-agents
platform. Each agent defines its own access control policy with regard to other agents using an
Interface Definition Language (IDL), thus enforcing modularity and easing programming task. An
evaluation of these mechanisms has been conducted. The measurements give the overhead
involved by the proposed protection mechanisms to the performance of mobile agents. An important
advantage of our protection mechanisms are transparency to agents and the portability of
nonsecure applications onto a secure environment. A mobile agent system and the protection
mechanisms have been implemented. Our experiments have shown the feasibility and the
advantages of our mechanisms.

Index Terms
Mobile agents, security, authentication, access control