Secure live virtual machines migration: issues and solutions

Aiash, Mahdi and Mapp, Glenford E. and Gemikonakli, Orhan (2014) Secure live virtual machines migration: issues and solutions. In: IEEE AINA 2014, 13-16 May 2014, Victoria, BC, Canada.

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Abstract

In recent years, there has been a huge trend towards
running network intensive applications, such as Internet servers
and Cloud-based service in virtual environment, where multiple
virtual machines (VMs) running on the same machine share the
machine’s physical and network resources. In such environment,
the virtual machine monitor (VMM) virtualizes the machine’s
resources in terms of CPU, memory, storage, network and I/O
devices to allow multiple operating systems running in different
VMs to operate and access the network concurrently. A key
feature of virtualization is live migration (LM) that allows
transfer of virtual machine from one physical server to another
without interrupting the services running in virtual machine.
Live migration facilitates workload balancing, fault tolerance,
online system maintenance, consolidation of virtual machines etc.
However, live migration is still in an early stage of implementation
and its security is yet to be evaluated. The security concern
of live migration is a major factor for its adoption by the IT
industry. Therefore, this paper uses the X.805 security standard to
investigate attacks on live virtual machine migration. The analysis
highlights the main source of threats and suggests approaches
to tackle them. The paper also surveys and compares different
proposals in the literature to secure the live migration.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Computer Science > SensoLab group
A. > School of Science and Technology > Computer and Communications Engineering
Item ID: 13642
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Depositing User: Orhan Gemikonakli
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2014 11:06
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 08:34
URI: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/13642

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