A Mechanism for Secure, Fine-Grained Dynamic Provisioning of Applications on Small Devices

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As small, secure devices become more powerful and more wide spread, it has become desirable to support the dynamic provisioning and updating of multiple applications on such devices. This paper presents a simple mechanism for performing such provisioning and updating, even if the applications are mutually distrustful. The mechanism extends CLDC JavaTMtechnology with a classfile attribute that carries the certificates necessary to enable the added security.