CertiKOS

Liang Gu, Alexander Vaynberg, Bryan Ford, Zhong Shao, David Costanzo
2011 Proceedings of the Second Asia-Pacific Workshop on Systems - APSys '11  
Though attractive as a model for elastic on-demand service, cloud computing solutions based on existing hypervisors cannot guarantee that the provider will service a user's requests correctly, and will not leak sensitive information to unauthorized parties. We introduce CertiKOS (Certified Kit Operating System), a hypervisor architecture that leverages formal certification to ensure correctness and counter information leakage in cloud computing. Cer-tiKOS isolates guest applications not only
more » ... m each other but from provider-controlled resource management mechanisms. The kernel's API gives untrusted, provider-supplied management software control over allocation and delegation of resources such as memory and I/O devices, but prohibits management code from accessing a guest's memory or other resources while in use, or from interfering with a guest's execution except through clean resource revocation. CertiKOS represents an effort to apply recent advances in certified software design to a ground-up design of a modular and evolvable certified kernel. Through machine-checkable proof certificates and runtime monitoring, CertiKOS aims to offer users the assurance of correct and leak-free execution of their cloud services.
doi:10.1145/2103799.2103803 dblp:conf/apsys/GuVFSC11 fatcat:5rn3be34rbf2ra2ybaokvlmceu