In Partial Fulfillmentof the Requirement for the Degree
Master of Science(Computer Science)
Omer Mansoor ParachaMay, 2006
Agent technology is a novel approach for the development of distributed systems. Inparticular, mobile agents can provide much greater flexibility and robustness than thetraditional distributed system methodologies since they provide mobility from platformto platform. Thus, they form a vast area of research. One key problem faced by themobile agent systems is security. A migrating agent can face many threats whilemigrating to a host/ agent platform. Similarly the platform can be maliciously affectedby an agent. A number of different approaches have been suggested in the literature todeal with security of mobile agents. In this thesis, we present an overview of such threatsand present an "agent threat model" for mobile agent systems. Based on this model wesurvey and evaluate the techniques that provide countermeasures to the mobile agentsystems. Based on the techniques surveyed, a state-of-the-art is evaluated and thesecurity of certain mobile agent systems is discussed. The thesis presents a proposedframework to provide mobile agent system security from both malicious mobile agentsand platform. The idea is to provide a solution to the requirement of a securityframework that provides security as a combination of components based on techniquesfor mobile agent system security and protection. The proposed framework is comprisedof various components that are studied in the light of operation scenarios. Animplementation of the system is discussed and the evaluation of the proposed framework as well as a comparison with the state-of-the-art mobile agent systems is provided tohighlight the strengths and weaknesses.
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5.10.2 Security in Mole for o. m. Paracha Thesis_signed
An MS Thesis providing a framework for the security of mobile agents and their systems using various techniques. It also has a survey of existing techniques and another survey of the state-of-the-art technologies that exist for agents assessing their security against a threat model.