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The commercial success of Cloud Computing and recent developments in Grid Computing have brought platform virtualization technology into the field of high performance computing. Virtualization offers both more flexibility and security through custom user images and user isolation. In this paper, we present an approach for combined malware detection and kernel root kit prevention in virtualized Cloud Computing environments. All running binaries in a virtual instance are intercepted and submitted to one or more analysis engines. Besides a complete check against a signature database, live introspection of all system calls is performed to detect yet unknown exploits or malware. Furthermore, to prevent that an intruder retains persistent control over a running instance after a successful compromise, an in-kernel root kit prevention approach is proposed. Only authorized and thus trusted kernel modules are allowed to be loaded during runtime, loading of unauthorized modules is no longer possible. Finally, the performance of the presented solutions is evaluated.
Date of Conference: 9-11 Feb. 2011