DeepSec 2016 Talk: Malicious Hypervisor Threat – Phase Two: How to Catch the Hypervisor – Mikhail A. Utin

Sanna/ September 22, 2016/ Conference, Security

The blue/red pill analogy has been used a lot when it comes to hypervisor security and virtualisation. While there are reliable ways to determine if your code runs in a hypervisor or not, the underlying problem still persists. How do you know if the platform your code runs on watches every single move, i.e. instruction or data? Given the discussion of backdoors in hardware, this threat is real. Mikhail Utin discussed his findings at DeepSec 2014. He discovered manipulation of the BIOS in certain server systems. The hardware was probably affected, too. Two years later he presents his research covering the detection of malicious hypervisors in parts of your infrastructure where they should not be. Utilizing the definition of vulnerability as “inability to resist a threat” we want to update our consideration of three

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