Security Implications of Virtualization: A Literature Study

A. van Cleeff, Wolter Pieters, Roelf J. Wieringa

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    Abstract

    Server virtualization is a key technology for today's data centers, allowing dedicated hardware to be turned into resources that can be used on demand.However, in spite of its important role, the overall security impact of virtualization is not well understood.To remedy this situation, we have performed a systematic literature review on the security effects of virtualization. Our study shows that, given adequate management, the core virtualization technology has a clear positive effect on availability, but that the effect on confidentiality and integrity is less positive. Virtualized systems tend to lose the properties of location-boundedness, uniqueness and monotonicity.In order to ensure corporate and private data security, we propose to either remove or tightly manage non-essential features such as introspection, rollback and transfer.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication2009 IEEE International Conference on Computational Science and Engineering (CSE09), volume 3
    Place of PublicationLos Alamitos, CA, USA
    PublisherIEEE Computer Society
    Pages353-358
    Number of pages6
    ISBN (Print)978-0-7695-3823-5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2009

    Publication series

    NameIEEE International Conference on Computational Science and Engineering
    PublisherIEEE Computer Society
    Volume3

    Keywords

    • METIS-264070
    • IR-68164
    • Security
    • SCS-Cybersecurity
    • security properties
    • virtualization
    • SCS-Services
    • EWI-16158

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