Deconstructing Xen

@inproceedings{Shi2017DeconstructingX,
  title={Deconstructing Xen},
  author={Le Shi and Yuming Wu and Yubin Xia and Nathan Dautenhahn and Haibo Chen and Binyu Zang and Jinming Li},
  booktitle={NDSS},
  year={2017}
}
Hypervisors have quickly become essential but are vulnerable to attack. Unfortunately, efficiently hardening hypervisors is challenging because they lack a privileged security monitor and decomposition strategies. In this work we systematically analyze the 191 Xen hypervisor vulnerabilities from Xen Security Advisories, revealing that the majority (144) are in the core hypervisor not Dom0. We then use the analysis to provide a novel deconstruction of Xen, called Nexen, into a security monitor… CONTINUE READING

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