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SAFE-OS: a Secure and Usable Desktop Operating System

François Lesueur
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Ala Rezmerita
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Thomas Hérault
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Sylvain Peyronnet
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Sébastien Tixeuil


Containment of application execution is a key security feature of operating systems. Without strong containment, an attacker who compromises one process may take control of the whole machine. Virtualization technology has been widely used in server systems to strongly isolate various applications or services in different virtual machines; its usage in desktop systems which are much more interactive (interactions with the user and between applications) is a challenging task. In this paper we describe SAFE-OS, a desktop operating system using virtualization technology. SAFE-OS provides a high level of isolation between processes while maintaining a standard user interface that abstracts the underlying complexity.
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hal-01290776 , version 1 (18-03-2016)



François Lesueur, Ala Rezmerita, Thomas Hérault, Sylvain Peyronnet, Sébastien Tixeuil. SAFE-OS: a Secure and Usable Desktop Operating System. CRiSIS 2010, Oct 2010, Montréal, Canada. pp.1-7, ⟨10.1109/CRISIS.2010.5764916⟩. ⟨hal-01290776⟩
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