A Secure Cloud with Minimal Provider Trust

Posted on November 15, 2018

Authors: Trammell Hudson (Two Sigma), Larry Rudolph (Two Sigma), Amin Mosayyebzadeh, Gerardo Ravago, Apoorve Mohan, Ali Raza, Sahil Tikale, Nabil Schear,  Jason Hennessey , Naved Ansari, Kyle Hogan, Charles Munson,  Gene Cooperman, Peter Desnoyers, Orran Krieger

Presented at:  10th USENIX Workshop on Hot Topics in Cloud Computing (HotCloud 18), 2018, Boston, MA

Abstract: Bolted is a new architecture for a bare metal cloud with the goal of providing security-sensitive customers of a cloud the same level of security and control that they can obtain in their own private data centers. It allows tenants to elastically allocate secure resources within a cloud while being protected from other previous, current, and future tenants of the cloud. The provisioning of a new server to a tenant isolates a bare metal server, only allowing it to communicate with other tenant’s servers once its critical firmware and software have been attested to the tenant. Tenants, rather than the provider, control the trade-offs between security, price, and performance. A prototype demonstrates scalable end-to-end security with small overhead compared to a less secure alternative.

Publisher link: https://www.usenix.org/system/files/conference/hotcloud18/hotcloud18-paper-mosayyebzadeh.pdf

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