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SPARC: A Security and Privacy Aware Virtual Machine Checkpointing Mechanism

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Executive Summary

Virtual Machine (VM) checkpointing enables a user to capture a snapshot of a running VM on persistent storage. VM checkpoints can be used to roll back the VM to a previous "good" state in order to recover from a VM crash or to undo a previous VM activity. Although VM checkpointing eases systems administration and improves usability, it can also increase the risks of exposing sensitive information. This is because the checkpoint may store VM's physical memory pages that contain confidential information such as clear text passwords, credit card numbers, patients' health records, tax returns, etc. This paper presents the design and implementation of SPARC, a security and privacy aware checkpointing mechanism.

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