Electrical Engineering
      and Computer Sciences

Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING

UC Berkeley

Hypervisors as a Foothold for Personal Computer Security: An Agenda for the Research Community

Matei Zaharia, Sachin Katti, Chris Grier, Vern Paxson, Scott Shenker, Ion Stoica and Dawn Song

EECS Department
University of California, Berkeley
Technical Report No. UCB/EECS-2012-12
January 13, 2012

http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/Pubs/TechRpts/2012/EECS-2012-12.pdf

We argue that hypervisors are an increasingly attractive avenue for improving the security of end-user systems. Although hypervisors have been used for security applications in the past, we show that there are substantial unexplored opportunities to directly attack security issues that users care about, such as secure interactions with online services. We thus propose that the research community build a deployable security-enhancing hypervisor for consumer PCs, and discuss the main challenges in meeting this goal. We believe that this is one of the best chances that researchers currently have to make a substantial impact on end-user security.


BibTeX citation:

@techreport{Zaharia:EECS-2012-12,
    Author = {Zaharia, Matei and Katti, Sachin and Grier, Chris and Paxson, Vern and Shenker, Scott and Stoica, Ion and Song, Dawn},
    Title = {Hypervisors as a Foothold for Personal Computer Security: An Agenda for the Research Community},
    Institution = {EECS Department, University of California, Berkeley},
    Year = {2012},
    Month = {Jan},
    URL = {http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/Pubs/TechRpts/2012/EECS-2012-12.html},
    Number = {UCB/EECS-2012-12},
    Abstract = {We argue that hypervisors are an increasingly attractive avenue for improving the security of end-user systems. Although hypervisors have been used for security applications in the past, we show that there are substantial unexplored opportunities to directly attack security issues that users care about, such as secure interactions with online services. We thus propose that the research community build a deployable security-enhancing hypervisor for consumer PCs, and discuss the main challenges in meeting this goal. We believe that this is one of the best chances that researchers currently have to make a substantial impact on end-user security.}
}

EndNote citation:

%0 Report
%A Zaharia, Matei
%A Katti, Sachin
%A Grier, Chris
%A Paxson, Vern
%A Shenker, Scott
%A Stoica, Ion
%A Song, Dawn
%T Hypervisors as a Foothold for Personal Computer Security: An Agenda for the Research Community
%I EECS Department, University of California, Berkeley
%D 2012
%8 January 13
%@ UCB/EECS-2012-12
%U http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/Pubs/TechRpts/2012/EECS-2012-12.html
%F Zaharia:EECS-2012-12