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University Research Exposes Potential Vulnerabilities In Cloud Computing




University Research Exposes Potential Vulnerabilities In Cloud Computing
University Research Exposes Potential Vulnerabilities In Cloud Computing



http://www.darkreading.com/securityservices/security/management/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=219700098 

By Tim Wilson
DarkReading
Sept 08, 2009

Users of cloud computing infrastructures should be aware that their 
sensitive data could be potentially leaked, a group of university 
researchers say.

In a new research paper (PDF), several computer scientists from the 
University of California at San Diego (UCSD) and the Massachusetts 
Institute of Technology (MIT) say they have discovered soft spots in the 
cloud computing concept that could leave data vulnerable to attack.

"Overall, our results indicate that there exist tangible dangers when 
deploying sensitive tasks to third-party compute clouds," the paper 
says.

In a nutshell, the researchers argue that by taking the right steps, an 
attacker could place a malicious virtual machine (VM) in close proximity 
to a target server in a shared, "cloud" environment. From there, it 
would be possible to launch a "cross-VM attack" using a variety of 
different hacking strategies, they say.

Such methods might be employed by an attacker looking to access a 
specific target or server, or they might be used by hackers casting a 
wide net, searching for any vulnerable server, the paper says.

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