Introducing the trusted virtual environment module: A new mechanism for rooting trust in cloud computing

F. John Krautheim, Dhananjay S. Phatak, Alan T. Sherman

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Abstract

We introduce a new mechanism for rooting trust in a cloud computing environment called the Trusted Virtual Environment Module (TVEM). The TVEM helps solve the core security challenge of cloud computing by enabling parties to establish trust relationships where an information owner creates and runs a virtual environment on a platform owned by a separate service provider. The TVEM is a software appliance that provides enhanced features for cloud virtual environments over existing Trusted Platform Module virtualization techniques, which includes an improved application program interface, cryptographic algorithm flexibility, and a configurable modular architecture. We define a unique Trusted Environment Key that combines trust from the information owner and the service provider to create a dual root of trust for the TVEM that is distinct for every virtual environment and separate from the platform's trust. This paper presents the requirements, design, and architecture of our approach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTrust and Trustworthy Computing - Third International Conference, TRUST 2010, Proceedings
Pages211-227
Number of pages17
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 23 2010
Externally publishedYes
Event3rd International Conference on Trust and Trustworthy Computing, TRUST 2010 - Berlin, Germany
Duration: Jun 21 2010Jun 23 2010

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume6101 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Other

Other3rd International Conference on Trust and Trustworthy Computing, TRUST 2010
CountryGermany
CityBerlin
Period6/21/106/23/10

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Keywords

  • TPM
  • cloud computing
  • security
  • trust
  • virtualization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

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Krautheim, F. J., Phatak, D. S., & Sherman, A. T. (2010). Introducing the trusted virtual environment module: A new mechanism for rooting trust in cloud computing. In Trust and Trustworthy Computing - Third International Conference, TRUST 2010, Proceedings (pp. 211-227). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); Vol. 6101 LNCS). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-13869-0_14