To read the full version of this content please select one of the options below:

Architectures for secure portable executable content

Stefanos Gritzalis (Assistant Professor in the Department of Informatics at the Technological Educational Institute (TEI)of Athens, Aegaleo, Greece, E‐mail: sgritz@acm.org and also at the Department of Information and Communication Systems, University of the Aegean Research Unit, Athens, Greece, E‐mail: sgritz@aegean.gr George Aggelis is a Postgraduate Student in Information Systems in the Department of Informatics at Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB), Athens, Greece. E‐mail: gangel@hermes.aueb.gr Diomidis Spinellis is Visiting Professor in the Department of Information and Communication Systems, University of the Aegean Research Unit, Athens, Greece. E‐mail: dspin@aegean.gr)
George Aggelis (George Aggelis is a Postgraduate Student in Information Systems in the Department of Informatics at Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB), Athens, Greece. E‐mail: gangel@hermes.aueb.gr Diomidis Spinellis is Visiting Professor in the Department of Information and Communication Systems, University of the Aegean Research Unit, Athens, Greece. E‐mail: dspin@aegean.gr)
Diomidis Spinellis (Visiting Professor in the Department of Information and Communication Systems, University of the Aegean Research Unit, Athens, Greece. E‐mail: dspin@aegean.gr)

Internet Research

ISSN: 1066-2243

Article publication date: 1 March 1999

386

Abstract

The Java programming language supports the concept of downloadable executable content; a key technology in a wide range of emerging applications including collaborative systems, electronic commerce, and Web information services. Java enables the execution of a program, on almost any modern computer regardless of hardware configuration and operating system. Safe‐Tcl was proposed as an executable content type of MIME and thus as the standard language for executable contents within e‐mail messages. However, the ability to download, integrate, and execute code from a remote computer, provided by both Java and Safe‐Tcl, introduces serious security risks since it enables a malicious remote program to obtain unauthorised access to the downloading system’s resources. In this paper, the two proposed security models are described in detail and the efficiency and flexibility of current implementations are evaluated in a comparative manner. Finally, upcoming extensions are discussed.

Keywords

Citation

Gritzalis, S., Aggelis, G. and Spinellis, D. (1999), "Architectures for secure portable executable content", Internet Research, Vol. 9 No. 1, pp. 16-24. https://doi.org/10.1108/10662249910251273

Publisher

:

MCB UP Ltd

Copyright © 1999, MCB UP Limited

Related articles