Date of Original Version

1-4-2007

Type

Technical Report

Abstract or Description

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

Comments

CMU-CyLab-07-001

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