PROTECT: container process isolation using system call interception

Thu Yein Win, Fung Po Tso, Quentin Mair, Huaglory Tianfield

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    Virtualization is the underpinning technology enabling cloud computing service provisioning, and container-based virtualization provides an efficient sharing of the underlying host kernel libraries amongst multiple guests. While there has been research on protecting the host against compromise by malicious guests, research on protecting the guests against a compromised host is limited. In this paper, we present an access control solution which prevents the host from gaining access into the guest containers and their data. Using system call interception together with the built-in AppArmor mandatory access control (MAC) approach the solution protects guest containers from a malicious host attempting to compromise the integrity of data stored therein. Evaluation of results have shown that it can effectively prevent hostile access from host to guest containers while ensuring minimal performance overhead.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of The 14th International Symposium on Pervasive Systems, Algorithms, and Networks (I-SPAN 2017)
    Number of pages6
    ISBN (Electronic)9781538608401
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2017


    • virtualization security
    • cloud security
    • container virtualization
    • access control
    • system call interception


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