Sun's Javasoft unit is funding third party researchers to find and fix security flaws in its Java Virtual Machine (JVM), to make it more suitable for use in smartcard technology.
The company is paying for work undertaken by Austin, Texas-based Computational Logic Inc (CLI), which has just posted an alpha version of the defensive Java Virtual Machine, (dJVM), on the Net. DJVM is a subset of the full JVM and is aimed at smartcards. It eliminates the need for a byte code verifier by checking for type-safe execution at runtime.
Schlumberger Electronic Transactions is also working with CLI and launched Cyberflex last week, the first commercial Java smartcard. It has also licensed its JavaOS and interpreter to several chip vendors.
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