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MATISSE smartcard case study

The smart card case study is a byte code verifier for Java Card. The verifier is a critical component of the next-generation of smart card systems. With a verifier, there is no need for a cumbersome deployment infrastructure: the card can download new applications in complete autonomy. Each smart card provider now has the possibility to control itself without any external certification authority the validity of the application to be downloaded. The main innovation is in the development process of this security feature. The reliability improvement has not been balanced by a cost increase. This could be applied to any small object with space constraint using a Java Virtual Machine. We have obtained the first prototype of an on card byte code verifier embedded into a smart card.

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