Author

Li DaiFollow

Date of Award

5-2020

Culminating Project Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Information Assurance: M.S.

Department

Information Assurance and Information Systems

College

Herberger School of Business

First Advisor

Dennis Guster

Second Advisor

Erich Rich

Third Advisor

Balasubramanian Kasi

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Keywords and Subject Headings

Operating System Kernel Memory Protection Docker Container Host

Abstract

Object oriented programming concepts have been widely adopted by the modern design of enterprise applications, which relies on heap memory mapping, and re-use of pre-coded class libraries. Computing resource sharing such as containerization, is a popular way to effectively reduce operation overhead by enlarging the scale of kernel accessibility among distributed computer systems. Thus, proper isolation between processes, containers and host operating systems is a critical task to assure system wide information security. This is a study designed to compare kernel level memory management and protection effectiveness for Docker container systems maintained on top of Ubuntu Linux and Microsoft Windows as the host operating system. Literature research aims to study the fundamentals of kernel memory management designs, policies and modules in place for enforcement. As well as container architectures based on the variation of the host operating systems. The experimental design focuses on whether the discovery of unauthorized access is possible between containers, kernel spaces and file systems. Research results are targeted to determine a better approach for securing Docker container system implementations and code deployment.

Comments/Acknowledgements

Object oriented programming concepts have been widely adopted by the modern design of enterprise applications, which relies on heap memory mapping, and re-use of pre-coded class libraries. Computing resource sharing such as containerization, is a popular way to effectively reduce operation overhead by enlarging the scale of kernel accessibility among distributed computer systems. Thus, proper isolation between processes, containers and host operating systems is a critical task to assure system wide information security. This is a study designed to compare kernel level memory management and protection effectiveness for Docker container systems maintained on top of Ubuntu Linux and Microsoft Windows as the host operating system. Literature research aims to study the fundamentals of kernel memory management designs, policies and modules in place for enforcement. As well as container architectures based on the variation of the host operating systems. The experimental design focuses on whether the discovery of unauthorized access is possible between containers, kernel spaces and file systems. Research results are targeted to determine a better approach for securing Docker container system implementations and code deployment.

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