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Cloud infrastructure commonly relies on virtualization. Customers provide their own VMs, and the cloud provider runs them often without knowledge of the guest OSes or their configurations. However, cloud customers also want effective and efficient security for their VMs. Cloud providers offering security-as-a-service based on VM introspection promise the best of both worlds: efficient centralization and effective protection. Since customers can move images from one cloud to another, an effective solution requires learning what guest OS runs in each VM and securing the guest OS without relying on the guest OS functionality or an initially secure guest VM state.
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