Co-location Detection on the Cloud

Mehmet Sinan Inci, Berk Gulmezoglu, Thomas Eisenbarth, Berk Sunar


In this work we focus on the problem of co-location as a first step of conducting Cross-VM attacks such as Prime and Probe or Flush+Reload in commercial clouds. We demonstrate and compare three co-location detection methods namely, cooperative Last-Level Cache (LLC) covert channel, software profiling on the LLC and memory bus locking. We conduct our experiments on three commercial clouds, Amazon EC2, Google Compute Engine and Microsoft Azure. Finally, we show that both cooperative and non-cooperative co-location to specific targets on cloud is still possible on major cloud services.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConstructive Side-Channel Analysis and Secure Design
EditorsFrançois-Xavier Standaert, Elisabeth Oswald
Number of pages16
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Publication date23.07.2016
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-43282-3
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-43283-0
Publication statusPublished - 23.07.2016
Event7th International Workshop on Constructive Side-Channel Analysis and Secure Design - Graz, Austria
Duration: 14.04.201615.04.2016


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