Abstraction-carrying code: a model for mobile code safety

Albert Albiol, Elvira and Hermenegildo, Manuel V. and Puebla Sánchez, Alvaro Germán (2008). Abstraction-carrying code: a model for mobile code safety. "New generation computing", v. 26 (n. 2); pp. 171-204. ISSN 0288-3635.


Title: Abstraction-carrying code: a model for mobile code safety
  • Albert Albiol, Elvira
  • Hermenegildo, Manuel V.
  • Puebla Sánchez, Alvaro Germán
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: New generation computing
Date: 2008
Volume: 26
Freetext Keywords: Logic Programming, Static Analysis, Abstract Interpretation, Programación lógica, Análisis estático, Interpretación abstracta
Faculty: Facultad de Informática (UPM)
Department: Inteligencia Artificial
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Proof-Carrying Code (PCC) is a general approach to mobile code safety in which programs are augmented with a certificate (or proof). The intended benefit is that the program consumer can locally validate the certificate w.r.t. the "untrustcd" program by means of a certificate checker a process which should be much simpler, efficient, and automatic than generating the original proof. The practical uptake of PCC greatly depends on the existence of a variety of enabling technologies which allow both proving programs correct and replacing a costly verification process by an efficient checking proceduri on th( consumer side. In this work we propose Abstraction- Carrying Code (ACC), a novel approach which uses abstract interpretation as enabling technology. We argue that the large body of applications of abstract interpretation to program verification is amenable to the overall PCC scheme. In particular, we rely on an expressive class of safely policies which can be defined over different abstract domains. We use an abstraction (or abstract model) of the program computed by standard static analyzers as a certificate. The validity of the abstraction on ihe consumer side is checked in a single pass by a very efficient and specialized abstract-interpreter. We believe that ACC brings the expressiveness, flexibility and automation which is inherent in abstract interpretation techniques to the area of mobile code safety.

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Item ID: 11150
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/11150/
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Deposited by: Biblioteca Facultad de Informatica
Deposited on: 25 Sep 2012 07:03
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2016 19:19
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