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Technical Reports: CMU-CyLab-07-001

Title:Remote Detection of Virtual Machine Monitors with Fuzzy Benchmarking
Authors:Jason Franklin, Mark Luk, Jonathan M. McCune, Arvind Seshadri, Adrian Perrig, Leendert van Doorn
Publication Date:January 4, 2007


We study the remote detection of virtual machine monitors (VMMs) across the Internet, and devise fuzzy benchmarking as an approach that can successfully detect the presence or absence of a VMM on a remote system. Fuzzy benchmarking works by making timing measurements of the execution time of particular code sequences executing on the remote system. The fuzziness comes from heuristics which we employ to learn characteristics of the remote system’s hardware and VMM configuration. Our techniques are successful despite uncertainty about the remote machine’s hardware configuration

Full Report: CMU-CyLab-07-001