Virtualization Security Threat Forensic and Environment Safeguarding
Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
The advent of virtualization technologies has evolved the IT infrastructure and organizations are migrating to virtual platforms. Virtualization is also the foundation for cloud platform services. Virtualization is known to provide more security into the infrastructure apart from agility and flexibility. However security aspects of virtualization are often overlooked. Various attacks to the virtualization hypervisor and its administration component are desirable for adversaries. The threats to virtualization must be rigorously scrutinized to realize common breaches and knowing what is more attractive for attackers. In this thesis a current state of perimeter and operational threats along with taxonomy of virtualization security threats is provided. The common attacks based on vulnerability database are investigated. A distribution of the virtualization software vulnerabilities, mapped to the taxonomy is visualized. The famous industry best practices and standards are introduced and key features of each one are presented for safeguarding the virtualization environments. A discussion of other possible approaches to investigate the severity of threats based on automatic systems is presented.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 50 p.
Virtualization security, virtual machine threats, virtualization architecture, Virtualization threat taxonomy, virtualization threat trends, Common Vulnerabilities of virtualization, Virtualization best practices, virtualization standards
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-32144OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-32144DiVA: diva2:694506
Subject / course
Network Security Programme, 180 credits
2014-01-16, B3033, Universitetsplatsen 1, 352 52, Växjö, 13:30 (English)