Journal of Computer Science

A Secure Protocol Based on a Sedentary Agent for Mobile Agent Environments

Abdelmorhit E. Rhazi, Samuel Pierre and Hanifa Boucheneb

DOI : 10.3844/jcssp.2007.35.42

Journal of Computer Science

Volume 3, Issue 1

Pages 35-42


The main challenge when deploying mobile agent environments pertains to security issues concerning mobile agents and their executive platform. This paper proposes a secure protocol which protects mobile agents against attacks from malicious hosts in these environments. Protection is based on the perfect cooperation of a sedentary agent running inside a trusted third host. Results show that the protocol detects several attacks, such as denial of service, incorrect execution and re-execution of the mobile agent code. Results also indicate that the traffic generated and run time are barely affected.


© 2007 Abdelmorhit E. Rhazi, Samuel Pierre and Hanifa Boucheneb. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.