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Reflections on MOP s, Components, and Java Security

  • Denis Caromel
  • Julien Vayssière
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2072)

Abstract

This article investigates the security issues raised by the use of meta-programming systems with Java. For each possible type of MOP (compile-time, load-time, etc.), we study the permissions required for both the base and the meta-level protection domains, taking into account the flowof control between the different parts of the application. We showtha t the choice of a particular MOP architecture has a strong impact on security issues. Assuming a component-based architecture with code from various origins having different levels of trust, we establish a set of rules for combining the permissions associated with each protection domain (integration, base-level, meta-level, etc.).

Keywords

Virtual Machine Security Policy Base Class Java Virtual Machine Security Architecture 
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  • Denis Caromel
  • Julien Vayssière

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