VMware's security strategy: Cut hackers off at the hypervisor

VMware's security strategy: Cut hackers off at the hypervisor

Summary: It didn't take long for VMware to answer the security bell. The company on Wednesday announced a technology called VMsafe that aims to integrate security software with the hypervisor--the linchpin of virtualization software.

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It didn't take long for VMware to answer the security bell. The company on Wednesday announced a technology called VMsafe that aims to integrate security software with the hypervisor--the linchpin of virtualization software.

With VMsafe VMware will provide APIs to allow security application vendors to develop products to fend off malware. Security in virtualized environments is going to become a big issues and a few vulnerabilities have already surfaced.

VMware is trying to get ahead of that threat with VMsafe. The company said in a statement that "VMsafe technology integrates into the VMware hypervisor and provides the transparency to prevent threats and attacks such as viruses, trojans and keyloggers from ever reaching a virtual machine."

Meanwhile, 20 security vendors have signed up with VMsafe to develop products. Of course these vendors would be idiots if they didn't develop security wares for virtualizations--that's a fine growth curve to ride.

These yet-to-come products would tie into VMsafe to provide a peek into the memory, CPU, disk and I/O systems of a virtual machine and then monitor them. In the meantime, you may want to keep those workarounds in mind until the security cavalry arrives.

Topics: Hardware, Security, Virtualization, VMware

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  • very good

    and more reason the original floater from the 'security' company was an improper move.
    Narr vi
  • Does that mean....

    ...that we would not have to run an AV inside say, the Windows "virtual machine" running on top of that hypervisor? I'd sure hate the overhead of having to run at least two...one at the hypervisor level and another in each VM on top of it!
    Techboy_z
  • There are virus that make the virus work

    These core virus make it possible for a virus to look like a Windows file.Without these core virus the damaging virus could look like a text file in a temporary folder.A computer virus would tell your hard drive to stop working at the firmware or registry level.It's just a virus command but they throw the hard drive away.Delete the virus and your drive works again.There are also virus that replicate virus files.The computer is filled with these replicated files.There are even virus that make your display screen more yellow every day.
    anonymous