Empirical Exploitation of Live Virtual Machine Migration
by Jon Oberheide, Evan Cooke, Farnam Jahanian - Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department, University of Michigan - Monday, 24 March 2008.
As virtualization continues to become increasingly popular in enterprise and organizational networks, operators and administrators are turning to live migration of virtual machines for the purpose of workload balancing and management. However, the security of live virtual machine migration has yet to be analyzed.

This paper looks at this poorly explored area and attempts to empirically demonstrate the importance of securing the migration process. We begin by defining and investigating three classes of threats to virtual machine migration: control plane, data plane, and migration module threats. We then show how a malicious party using these attack strategies can exploit the latest versions of the popular Xen and VMware virtual machine monitors and present a tool to automate the manipulation of a guest operating systemís

memory during a live virtual machine migration. Using this experience, we discuss strategies to address the deficiencies in virtualization software and secure the live migration process.

Download the paper in PDF format here.

Spotlight

The synergy of hackers and tools at the Black Hat Arsenal

Posted on 27 August 2014.  |  Tucked away from the glamour of the vendor booths and the large presentation rooms filled with rockstar sessions, was the Arsenal - a place where developers were able to present their security tools and grow their community.


Weekly newsletter

Reading our newsletter every Monday will keep you up-to-date with security news.
  



Daily digest

Receive a daily digest of the latest security news.
  

DON'T
MISS

Fri, Aug 29th
    COPYRIGHT 1998-2014 BY HELP NET SECURITY.   // READ OUR PRIVACY POLICY // ABOUT US // ADVERTISE //