1ST Workshop on Virtual Machine Security (VMSEC)

Held in conjunction with the ACM Conference on Computer & Communications
Security (ACM-CCS)
October 31, 2008, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA 22030

Important Dates

Paper submission deadline:  June 2, 2008
Paper acceptance or rejection:  July 10, 2008
Final paper camera-ready copy: August 5, 2008

This workshop, the first of its kind to deal exclusively with virtual
machine security, will tackle the important research topics in
virtualization security.

Virtualization has seen an explosion in growth in deployment,
implementations, and applications. Virtualization holds unique
properties that make it very attractive for security including
isolation, compartmentalization, live state capture, recovery and

Virtualization has been used to study malicious software as well as to
prevent malicious software infection. In addition, virtualization
itself is now the subject of attack. This workshop aims to bring
together leading researchers in the fields of virtualization and
security to present the latest work on these topics.

Scope and topics

o  Applications of virtualization for security
o  Security and integrity of virtual machines
o  Detecting virtualization
o  Evading virtualization
o  Trapping malicious code via virtualization
o  Economic implications of virtualization
o  Attacks and vulnerabilities against virtualization environments
o  Honey Nets and Honey Client architectures, systems, and results
o  Management and control of virtual machine farms for security
o  Forensics using virtualization
o  Enhancing privacy and anonymity using virtualization
o  Measuring security and performance of virtualization
o  Instrumentation and control of virtualization
o  Performance optimization of virtual machines
o  Performance and security analysis of lightweight virtualization
o  Virtualization for mobile devices
o  Vulnerabilities in virtualization environments

Paper Submission

Research submissions should be at most 12 pages excluding the
bibliography and well-marked appendices using single-column, 11-point
font and reasonable margins on letter-size paper, and at most 15 pages
total. Committee members are not required to read the appendices, and
so the paper should be intelligible without them. Position papers should
be at most 3 pages long in total using the same guidelines as above.
Submissions need not be anonymized.

Organizing Committee

Program Chairs
Jason Nieh, Columbia University
Angelos Stavrou, George Mason University

Program Committee
Manuel Costa, Microsoft Research
Leendert van Doorn, AMD
Tal Garfinkel, Stanford University and VMware
Anup Ghosh, George Mason University
Trent Jaeger, Pennsylvania State University
Xuxian Jiang, George Mason University
Sam King, University of Illinois
Ophir Rachman, VMware
Andrew Warfield, University of British Columbia