Monitoring and Attestation of Virtual Machine Security Health in Cloud Computing

Tianwei Zhang, Ruby B. Lee

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Cloud customers need assurances regarding the security of their virtual machines (VMs) operating within an infrastructure-as-a-service cloud system. This is complicated by the customer not knowing where the VM is executing and by the semantic gap between what the customer wants to know versus what can be measured in the cloud. In this article, the authors present an architecture for monitoring a VM's security health. Their architecture can communicate this to the customer in an unforgeable manner. The authors show a concrete implementation of property-based attestation and a full prototype based on the OpenStack open source cloud software.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number7723793
Pages (from-to)28-37
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Micro
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


  • attestation
  • cloud computing
  • security health
  • trust evidence
  • virtual machine


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