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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Securing Operating Systems Through Utility Virtual Machines
by Denz, Robert, Ph.D., Dartmouth College, 2016, 222; 10190644
Abstract (Summary)

The advent of hypervisors revolutionized the computing industry in terms of malware prevention and detection, secure virtual machine managers, and cloud resilience. However, this has resulted in a disjointed response to handling known threats rather than preventing unknown zero-day threats. This thesis introduces a new paradigm to cloud computing – utility virtual machines – that directly leverages virtualization hardware for protection and eliminates often accepted roles of the operating system kernel. This represents a break from prevailing practices and serves to establish a hardware root of trust for system operation.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Taylor, Stephen
Commitee: Cybenko, George, Durante, Ryan, Santos, Eugene
School: Dartmouth College
Department: Engineering
School Location: United States -- New Hampshire
Source: DAI-B 79/01(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Computer Engineering
Keywords: Computer security, Hypervisor, Kernel, Scheduling, Virtualization
Publication Number: 10190644
ISBN: 978-0-355-19794-5
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