Analyzing the security of Windows 7 and Linux for cloud computing

Khaled Salah, Jose M. Alcaraz Calero, Jorge Bernal Bernabé, Juan M. Marín Perez, Sherali Zeadally

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We review and analyze the major security features and concerns in deploying modern commodity operating systems such as Windows 7 and Linux 2.6.38 in a cloud computing environment. We identify the security weaknesses and open challenges of these two operating systems when deployed in the cloud environment. In particular, we examine and compare various operating system security features which are critical in providing a secure cloud. These security features include authentication, authorization and access control, physical memory protection, privacy and encryption of stored data, network access and firewalling capabilities, and virtual memory.

Original languageBritish English
Pages (from-to)113-122
Number of pages10
JournalComputers and Security
StatePublished - May 2013


  • Authentication
  • Authorization
  • Cloud computing
  • Operating system security
  • Privacy
  • Security


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