SAV-V: Securing Anti-Virus with Virtualization

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Executive Summary

Today's desktop PCs rely on security software such as anti-virus products and personal firewalls for protection. Unfortunately, malware authors have adapted by specifically targeting and disabling these defenses, a practice exacerbated by the rise in zero-day exploits. In this paper, the authors present the design, implementation, and evaluation of SAV-V, a platform that enhances the detection capabilities of antivirus software. Their platform leverages virtualization to preserve the integrity of AV software and to guarantee access to AV updates.

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