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ThinkMind // CLOUD COMPUTING 2018, The Ninth International Conference on Cloud Computing, GRIDs, and Virtualization // View article cloud_computing_2018_4_20_28008


Securing 3rd Party App Integration in Docker-based Cloud Software Ecosystems

Authors:
Christian Binkowski
Stefan Appel
Andreas Aßmuth

Keywords: Docker; Cloud; Security

Abstract:
Open software ecosystems are beneficial for customers; they benefit from 3rd party services and applications, e.g., analysis of data using apps, developed and deployed by other companies or open-source communities. One significant advantage of this approach is that other customers may benefit from these newly developed applications as well. Especially software ecosystems utilizing container technologies are prone to certain risks. Docker, in particular, is more vulnerable to attacks than hypervisor based virtualisation as it directly operates on the host system. Docker is a popular representative of containerisation technology, which offers a lightweight architecture in order to facilitate the set-up and creation of such software ecosystems. Popular Infrastructure as a Service cloud service providers, like Amazon Web Services or Microsoft Azure, jump on the containerisation bandwagon and provide interfaces for provisioning and managing containers. Companies can benefit from that change of technology and create software ecosystems more efficiently. In this paper, we present a new concept for significant security improvements for cloud-based software ecosystems using Docker for 3rd party app integration. Based on the security features of Docker, we describe a secure integration of applications in the cloud environment. Our approach considers the whole software lifecycle and includes sandbox testing of potentially dangerous 3rd party apps before these became available to customers.

Pages: 77 to 83

Copyright: Copyright (c) IARIA, 2018

Publication date: February 18, 2018

Published in: conference

ISSN: 2308-4294

ISBN: 978-1-61208-607-1

Location: Barcelona, Spain

Dates: from February 18, 2018 to February 22, 2018

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