A survey of security issues in hardware virtualization

Gabor Pek, Levente Buttyan, Boldizsar Bencsath

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Virtualization is a powerful technology for increasing the efficiency of computing services; however, besides its advantages, it also raises a number of security issues. In this article, we provide a thorough survey of those security issues in hardware virtualization. We focus on potential vulnerabilities and existing attacks on various virtualization platforms, but we also briefly sketch some possible countermeasures. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first survey of security issues in hardware virtualization with this level of details. Moreover, the adversary model and the structuring of the attack vectors are original contributions, never published before.

Original languageEnglish
Article number40
JournalACM Computing Surveys
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2013



  • Hardware virtualization
  • Malware
  • Operating systems
  • Security

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

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