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Tackling security issues in virtualization

Because virtualization is everywhere, new challenges in the IT world are revealing that this crucial component has to be improved on a regular basis. This requires a lot of coordination between Open Source projects as well as intense research and development efforts.

Intel CPU flaws changing the security landscape regarding isolation, increasing complexity of stacks requiring more and more components working together, hardware specialization, new protocols, new use cases on top (k8s): these are a few of the challenges that a virtualization platform must answer in 2020, particularly when it comes to security and performance.

We’ll first see a landscape of these new challenges, then the possible approaches to solve them, and finally a concrete example of what the XCP-ng project is doing to integrate all these changes in a fully Open Source fashion, inside a turnkey Xen distro.



Olivier Lambert (Vates)


Olivier Lambert has been working with free software projects since 2005, deploying Xen since 2008. He was the creator of Xen Orchestra in 2009 and XCP-ng in 2018. He’s one of the founder of Vates (vates.fr), a French company specializing in Open Source.

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