Security impacts of virtualization on a network testbed

Yu-Lun Huang*, Borting Chen, Ming Wei Shih, Chien Yu Lai

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Abstract

Modern virtualization technologies provides an optimal use of underused hardware resources by sharing them among virtual machines hosted on the same physical machine. These technologies hence have been broadly adopted in many areas, such as server consolidation, virtualized network testbeds, etc. A large-scale network testbed is considered one of the useful tools for evaluating or verifying advanced networking technologies. To construct a network testbed that matches as much as a real setup, the testbed should meet requirements of isolation, fidelity, repeatability, scalability, containment and extensibility. Among these requirements, scalability can be realized by the modern virtualization technology, whereas vulnerability and security weakness brought along with virtualization can also be harmful to the other requirements of a network testbed, like isolation and fidelity. This paper reviews the modern virtualization technologies, their resource management mechanisms, and the known attacks of these virtualization technologies. Then, we discuss the requirements of existing network testbeds and the security impacts when introducing such modern virtualization technologies into a network testbed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2012 IEEE 6th International Conference on Software Security and Reliability, SERE 2012
Pages71-77
Number of pages7
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2012
Event2012 IEEE 6th International Conference on Software Security and Reliability, SERE 2012 - Gaithersburg, MD, United States
Duration: 20 Jun 201222 Jun 2012

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 2012 IEEE 6th International Conference on Software Security and Reliability, SERE 2012

Conference

Conference2012 IEEE 6th International Conference on Software Security and Reliability, SERE 2012
CountryUnited States
CityGaithersburg, MD
Period20/06/1222/06/12

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    Huang, Y-L., Chen, B., Shih, M. W., & Lai, C. Y. (2012). Security impacts of virtualization on a network testbed. In Proceedings of the 2012 IEEE 6th International Conference on Software Security and Reliability, SERE 2012 (pp. 71-77). [6258296] (Proceedings of the 2012 IEEE 6th International Conference on Software Security and Reliability, SERE 2012). https://doi.org/10.1109/SERE.2012.17