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XenPump: A New Method to Mitigate Timing Channel in Cloud Computing

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5 Author(s)
Jingzheng Wu ; Nat. Eng. Res. Center for Fundamental Software, Inst. of Software, Beijing, China ; Liping Ding ; Yuqi Lin ; Min-Allah, N.
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Cloud computing security has become the focus in information security, where much attention has been drawn to the user privacy leakage. Although isolation and some other security policies have been provided to protect the security of cloud computing, confidential information can be still stolen by timing channels without being detected. In this paper, a new method named XenPump is presented aiming to mitigate the threat of the timing channels by adding latency. XenPump is designed as a module located in hypervisor, monitoring the hypercalls used by the timing channels and adding latencies to lower the threat into an acceptable level. The prototype of XenPump has been implemented in Xen virtualization platform, and the performance is evaluated by the shared memory based timing channel. The experiment results show that XenPump can mitigate the threat of the timing channel by interrupting both the capacity and transmission accuracy. It is believed that after small extension, XenPump can mitigate the incoming timing channels.

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Cloud Computing (CLOUD), 2012 IEEE 5th International Conference on

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24-29 June 2012