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A flexible security system for using Internet content

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4 Author(s)
Islam, N. ; IBM Thomas J. Watson Res. Center, Yorktown Heights, NY, USA ; Anand, R. ; Jaeger, T. ; Rao, J.R.

The Internet and World Wide Web have introduced a powerful new way to acquire content. Previously, users had to either buy or order content on coded disks. They can now download executable code and applications directly. From the users' viewpoint, this decreases the amount of software stored on their machines. It also lets content providers customize applications by combining different vendors' content. Downloading content from the Internet brings risks: content that appears reputable may be malicious, given system access it can damage or destroy data. To contend with this risk, the author developed FlexxGuard, a flexible interpreter that dynamically derives protection domains and uses those domains to authorize content operations

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Software, IEEE  (Volume:14 ,  Issue: 5 )