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Author(s): Andrei-Cristian, I.
Gasiba, T. E.
Zhao, T.
Lechner, U.
Pinto-Albuquerque, M.
Editor: Wang, G., Choo, K.-K. R., Ko, R. K. L., Xu, Y., and Crispo, B.
Date: 2022
Title: A large-scale study on the security vulnerabilities of cloud deployments
Volume: 1557
Book title/volume: Ubiquitous Security. UbiSec 2021. Communications in Computer and Information Science
Pages: 171 - 188
Event title: 1st International Conference on Ubiquitous Security, UbiSec 2021
Reference: Iosif, A. C., Gasiba, T. E., Zhao, T., Lechner, U., & Pinto-Albuquerque, M. (2022). A large-scale study on the security vulnerabilities of cloud deployments. Em: G. Wang, K. K. R. Choo, R. K. L. Ko, Y. Xu, B. Crispo (Eds.). Ubiquitous Security. UbiSec 2021. Communications in Computer and Information Science, vol. 1557 (pp. 171-188). Springer.
ISSN: 1865-0929
ISBN: 978-981-19-0468-4
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): 10.1007/978-981-19-0468-4_13
Keywords: Cloud
Critical infrastructures
Infrastructure as code
Secure coding
Abstract: As cloud deployments are becoming ubiquitous, the rapid adoption of this new paradigm may potentially bring additional cyber security issues. It is crucial that practitioners and researchers pose questions about the current state of cloud deployment security. By better understanding existing vulnerabilities, progress towards a more secure cloud can be accelerated. This is of paramount importance especially with more and more critical infrastructures moving to the cloud, where the consequences of a security incident can be significantly broader. This study presents a data-centric approach to security research – by using three static code analysis tools and scraping the internet for publicly available codebases, a footprint of the current state of open-source infrastructure-as-code repositories can be achieved. Out of the scraped 44485 repository links, the study is concentrated on 8256 repositories from the same cloud provider, across which 292538 security violations have been collected. Our contributions consist of: understanding on existing security vulnerabilities of cloud deployments, contributing a list of Top Guidelines for practitioners to follow to securely deploy systems in the cloud, and providing the raw data for further studies.
Peerreviewed: yes
Access type: Open Access
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