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The present invention provides for verification of software agents and their activities. In a distributed computing environment, an origin resource, a destination resource and a trusted resource are provided. The origin resource is associated with a software agent in that, most generally, the agent's information and/or an entrusted task are relevant to the origin resource. The destination resource is associated with the software agent in that, most generally, it is expected to advance the agent in the performance of an entrusted task. The trusted resource is associated with the software agent in that the trusted resource functions to provide verification of the software agent and its activities. The trusted resource preferably supports one or more selected operations such as, for example: receiving/forwarding of software agents; encrypting/decrypting software agents; acquiring, storing, retrieving and comparing of software agent fingerprints; executing TR rules that indicate the appropriateness of the interaction with the destination resource; establishing, setting, updating and checking return timers; generating and forwarding verification return relevant to verification of the agent and its activities; logging the activities of software agents with which the trusted resource interacts; and stripping, masking, or otherwise protecting part(s) or all of a software agent, particularly the TR rules.

Title
Verification of software agents and agent activities
Application Number
9/217413
Publication Number
6330588 (B1)
Application Date
December 21, 1998
Publication Date
December 11, 2001
Inventor
Martin Freeman
Palo Alto
CA, US
Agent
Michael Schmitt
US
Assignee
Philips Electronics North America Corporation
NY, US
IPC
G06F 15/16
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