Publication Type

Conference Proceeding Article

Publication Date

6-2010

Abstract

In the envisaged utility computing paradigm, a user taps a service provider’s computing resources to accomplish her tasks, without deploying the needed hardware and software in her own IT infrastructure. To make the service profitable, the service provider charges the user based on the resources consumed. A commonly billed resource is CPU usage. A key factor to ensure the success of such a business model is the trustworthiness of the resource metering scheme. In this paper, we provide a systematic study on the trustworthiness of CPU usage metering. Our results show that the metering schemes in commodity operating systems should not be used in utility computing. A dishonest server can run various attacks to cheat the users. Many of the attacks are surprisingly simple and do not even require high privileges or sophisticated techniques. To demonstrate that, we experiment with several types of attacks on Linux and show their adversarial effects. We also suggest that source integrity, execution integrity and finegrained metering are the necessary properties for a trustworthy metering scheme in utility computing.

Discipline

Information Security

Research Areas

Information Security and Trust

Publication

IEEE 30th International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems Workshops: Proceedings: ICDCSW 2010: 21-25 June 2010, Genova, Italy

First Page

82

Last Page

91

ISBN

9781424474714

Identifier

10.1109/ICDCSW.2010.40

Publisher

IEEE

City or Country

Genova, Italy

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/ICDCSW.2010.40

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