Distributed Cryptographic Key Management for Mobile Agent Security

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Executive Summary

The problem of securing data section in a mobile agent from discovery and exploitation by a malicious host is a difficult task. A full scale adaptation of mobile agents becomes true once the security obstacles are overcome. A number of solutions are proposed based on cryptographic principles have their own limitations. The cryptographic key generation and distribution mechanism strongly holds the success of the mobile agent security systems. The agents and hosts are mutually distrusting each other, but they trust the third parties. In this paper, this property is exploited for the secure way of generating and distributing the keys using service oriented architecture. The major security future for mobile agent, the Publicly Verifiable and Forward Integrity (PVFI) and Forward Privacy (FP) are also ensured.

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