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Oh Noes! VM cryptos stolen by renegade virtual bandit on same physical system

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  • Hope this elucidates a little more than the above terseness. RSA labs in colaboration with Universities of North Carolina and Wisconsin have succeeded in extracting cryptographic keys from a virtual machine by exploiting a side-channel attack. The attack is from a co-resident virtual machine, i.e. sharing the same physical hardware as the target. Analysis of the processor instruction cache reveals information about the target's behaviour and can be used to extract cryptographic information when identified.

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