FOXvisor - Virtualization Solution in Secure Automotive and Industrial Systems

August 17, 2017 // By Joachim Hüggenberg, ViMOS Technologies
Secure small footprint hypervisor makes most efficient use of CPU horsepower

Connected Cars, Advanced Driver Assistance, IoT, Industry 4.0, there are a huge growing number of networked systems, systems that are often safety or security critical, and cannot be compromised by malware that in the worst case might harm humans. What are the threats, and what countermeasures can be taken, in particular in automotive systems? Potential threats will be introduced, and Virtual Machines, or Hypervisor, and their mode of operation, a cost effective and secure solution to realize secure networked systems, will be discussed. FOXvisor, recognized as the world’s best performance Hypervisor by the major CPU core IP vendors, and its use cases in automotive systems will be presented.


Security in Networked Systems

The networking market is reality, and it is growing enormously in many applications such as automotive, consumer electronics, and industry systems. Applications like connected cars, advanced driver information systems, Internet of Things (IoT), Industry 4.0, Deep Learning, Energy, Medical & Health Care, Imaging, and Smart Home are growing rapidly. However, threats are growing just as fast. Risks like hacking, viruses, malware, and reverse engineering jeopardize the benefits of those technologies. The demand for security is therefore inherent when designing a system. The consequences of security violation might even have severe impact on companies, vendors, and users alike. While infringement stretches from information leakages to illegal operation, which in the worst case might result in death through accidents or even murder, the related impact on the business of a company reaches from recall handling to compensation for damages, with potential brand image damage, and difficulties in company management as a consequence. Countermeasures are therefore taken, and already in 2015 the worldwide security market was on the order of $76,000,000,000, and it is growing at least as constantly as the number of implementations grow. The applications are by no means safe, as detailed investigations on many different IoT devices have shown. Thorough research was done by a team of scientists from Yokohama National University, Japan, in cooperation with other international universities. The number of infringements trials during the 122 days’ test period into simple IoT devices like LED display control systems, fire alarms, routers, security appliance, TV receivers was in the order of one million trials. This proves how immense the threat is.

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