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A lightweight virtualization solution for android devices

Chen, Wenzhi, Xu, Lei, Li, Guoxi and Xiang, Yang 2015, A lightweight virtualization solution for android devices, IEEE transactions on computers, vol. 64, no. 10, pp. 2741-2751, doi: 10.1109/TC.2015.2389791.

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Title A lightweight virtualization solution for android devices
Author(s) Chen, Wenzhi
Xu, Lei
Li, Guoxi
Xiang, YangORCID iD for Xiang, Yang orcid.org/0000-0001-5252-0831
Journal name IEEE transactions on computers
Volume number 64
Issue number 10
Start page 2741
End page 2751
Total pages 11
Publisher IEEE
Place of publication Piscataway, N.J.
Publication date 2015-10-01
ISSN 0018-9340
Keyword(s) Science & Technology
Technology
Computer Science, Hardware & Architecture
Engineering, Electrical & Electronic
Computer Science
Engineering
Container
virtualization
android
security
Summary Mobile virtualization has emerged fairly recently and is considered a valuable way to mitigate security risks on Android devices. However, major challenges in mobile virtualization include runtime, hardware, resource overhead, and compatibility. In this paper, we propose a lightweight Android virtualization solution named Condroid, which is based on container technology. Condroid utilizes resource isolation based on namespaces feature and resource control based on cgroups feature. By leveraging them, Condroid can host multiple independent Android virtual machines on a single kernel to support mutilple Android containers. Furthermore, our implementation presents both a system service sharing mechanism to reduce memory utilization and a filesystem sharing mechanism to reduce storage usage. The evaluation results on Google Nexus 5 demonstrate that Condroid is feasible in terms of runtime, hardware resource overhead, and compatibility. Therefore, we find that Condroid has a higher performance than other virtualization solutions.
Language eng
DOI 10.1109/TC.2015.2389791
Field of Research 080303 Computer System Security
0803 Computer Software
0805 Distributed Computing
1006 Computer Hardware
Socio Economic Objective 970108 Expanding Knowledge in the Information and Computing Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Grant ID DP150103732
DP140103649
LP140100816
Copyright notice ©2015, IEEE
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30081076

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