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MS Final Examination – Abhilash Raj


Friday, September 15, 2017 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

A decade of Linux Kernel vulnerabilities, their mitigation and open problems

The aim of this thesis is to study the past 10 years of security vulnerabilities that were reported against the Linux Kernel and all the existing mitigation techniques that prevent the exploitation of these vulnerabilities. To study the security vulnerabilities systematically, they were categorized into various classes and sub-classes.

This thesis first examines over 1100 Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVEs) that was reported against Linux Kernel. In the second step, it presents a survey of various mitigation techniques that exist today which prevent the exploitation of these vulnerabilities. Mitigation techniques include the best research papers in the recent past that show promising results with acceptable performance overheads, defensive techniques that were added in the Linux Kernel itself in past 5 years and other notable 3rd party patches for Linux which enhance its security.

Finally, based on the above analysis, this thesis presents the gaps in the security provided by the Linux Kernel that cannot be effectively mitigated using the existing techniques and explores open problems for future research.

Major Advisor: Rakesh Bobba
Committee: Mike Rosulek
Committee: Kevin McGrath
GCR: Joseph Louis


Kelley Engineering Center (campus map)
1114
Calvin Hughes
1 541 737 3168
Calvin.Hughes at oregonstate.edu
Sch Elect Engr/Comp Sci
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