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Native Client: A Sandbox for Portable, Untrusted x86 Native Code

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9 Author(s)
Yee, B. ; Google Inc., Mountain View, CA, USA ; Sehr, D. ; Dardyk, G. ; Chen, J.B.
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This paper describes the design, implementation and evaluation of Native Client, a sandbox for untrusted x86 native code. Native Client aims to give browser-based applications the computational performance of native applications without compromising safety. Native Client uses software fault isolation and a secure runtime to direct system interaction and side effects through interfaces managed by Native Client. Native Client provides operating system portability for binary code while supporting performance-oriented features generally absent from Web application programming environments, such as thread support, instruction set extensions such as SSE, and use of compiler intrinsics and hand-coded assembler. We combine these properties in an open architecture that encourages community review and 3rd-party tools.

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Security and Privacy, 2009 30th IEEE Symposium on

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17-20 May 2009