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Effective security mechanisms are essential to the widespread deployment of pervasive systems. Much of the research focus on security in pervasive computing has revolved around distributed trust management. While such mechanisms are effective in specific environments, there is no generic framework for deploying and extending these mechanisms over a variety of pervasive systems. We present the design and implementation of a novel framework called distributed trust toolkit (DTT), for implementing and evaluating trust mechanisms in pervasive systems. The DTT facilitates the extension and adaptation of trust mechanisms by abstracting trust mechanisms into interchangeable components. Furthermore, the DTT provides a set of tools and interfaces to ease implementation of trust mechanisms and facilitate their execution on a variety of platforms and networks. In addition to the adaptability and extensibility provided by this design, we demonstrate through simulation that use of DTT improves utilization of resources and enhances performance of existing trust mechanisms in pervasive systems. We are currently developing an implementation of the DTT that can be easily deployed in pervasive environments.
Date of Conference: 9-13 March 2009