The Channel logo

News

By | Dan Goodin 28th February 2008 09:05

VMware opens its products to security apps

Come on in, the hypervisor's fine

VMware has announced a way to better protect its products against malware by allowing third-party security programs to access key parts of a virtualised environment.

VMsafe is the name the company has given to a set of application program interfaces (APIs) that security vendors can use to integrate their products into the VMware hypervisor. McAfee, Symantec, and 18 other companies have already committed to building products that will work with the specifications.

VMware's announcement on Wednesday came two days after researchers documented a bug in several VMware desktop virtualization products that could allow attackers to gain complete control of the underlying system. VMware made no reference to the research, but it's not hard to imagine its release played a role in the timing of the announcement.

In essence, VMsafe provides a way for security programs to monitor the memory, CPU, disk and I/O systems of a virtual machine. It's also designed to enable the programs to stop malicious code from inflicting damage on guest operating systems.

No word yet when any of these third-party apps will be ready. ®

comment icon Read 3 comments on this article alert Send corrections

Opinion

Neil McAllister

Claims that cloud will drive Oracle's future growth ring hollow
Pure Storage array

Neil McAllister

How the cloud taught Redmond to play by a new set of rules

Features

Pebble Steel
Meet the man who accidentally created the smartwatch hype
No, silly... he was the fall guy for years of Finnish folly
Fraud image