Pieter H Hartel.
February 14 2000.
We review the existing literature on Java safety, emphasizing formal
approaches, and the impact of Java safety on small footprint devices such as
smart cards. The conclusion is that while a lot of good work has been done, a
more concerted effort is needed to build a coherent set of machine readable
formal models of the whole of Java and its implementation. This is a
formidable task but we believe it is essential to building trust in Java
We have tried to avoid technical detail, and to focus on the bigger issues. The interested reader may wish to consult some of the many papers that we refer to fill in the details.
Full paper (13 pages) available in gzipped postscript.