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Authors: Tsvetoslava Vateva-Gurova 1 ; Jesus Luna 2 ; Giancarlo Pellegrino 1 and Neeraj Suri 1

Affiliations: 1 TU Darmstadt, Germany ; 2 TU Darmstadt and Cloud Security Alliance, Germany

ISBN: 978-989-758-045-1

Keyword(s): Feasibility Analysis, Feasibility Factors, Security Classifications, Side-channel Attacks.

Related Ontology Subjects/Areas/Topics: Information and Systems Security ; Information Assurance ; Insider Threats and Countermeasures ; Risk Assessment ; Security and Privacy in the Cloud ; Security in Information Systems ; Security Metrics and Measurement ; Software Security

Abstract: Physically co-located virtual machines should be securely isolated from one another, as well as from the underlying layers in a virtualized environment. In particular the virtualized environment is supposed to guarantee the impossibility of an adversary to attack a virtual machine e.g., by exploiting a side-channel stemming from the usage of shared physical or software resources. However, this is often not the case and the lack of sufficient logical isolation is considered a key concern in virtualized environments. In the academic world this view has been reinforced during the last years by the demonstration of sophisticated side-channel attacks (SCAs). In this paper we argue that the feasibility of executing a SCA strongly depends on the actual context of the execution environment. To reflect on these observations, we propose a feasibility assessment framework for SCAs using cache based systems as an example scenario. As a proof of concept we show that the feasibility of cache-based side-channel attacks can be assessed following the proposed approach. (More)

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Paper citation in several formats:
Vateva-Gurova, T.; Luna, J.; Pellegrino , G.; Pellegrino , G.; Suri, N. and Suri, N. (2014). Towards a Framework for Assessing the Feasibility of Side-channel Attacks in Virtualized Environments.In Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Security and Cryptography - Volume 1: SECRYPT, (ICETE 2014) ISBN 978-989-758-045-1, pages 113-124. DOI: 10.5220/0005052101130124

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author={Tsvetoslava Vateva{-}Gurova. and Jesus Luna. and Giancarlo Pellegrino . and Giancarlo Pellegrino . and Neeraj Suri. and Neeraj Suri.},
title={Towards a Framework for Assessing the Feasibility of Side-channel Attacks in Virtualized Environments},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Security and Cryptography - Volume 1: SECRYPT, (ICETE 2014)},
year={2014},
pages={113-124},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0005052101130124},
isbn={978-989-758-045-1},
}

TY - CONF

JO - Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Security and Cryptography - Volume 1: SECRYPT, (ICETE 2014)
TI - Towards a Framework for Assessing the Feasibility of Side-channel Attacks in Virtualized Environments
SN - 978-989-758-045-1
AU - Vateva-Gurova, T.
AU - Luna, J.
AU - Pellegrino , G.
AU - Pellegrino , G.
AU - Suri, N.
AU - Suri, N.
PY - 2014
SP - 113
EP - 124
DO - 10.5220/0005052101130124

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