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Title: SafeFS: a modular architecture for secure user-space file systems: one FUSE to rule them all
Authors: Rogério António Pontes
Francisco Almeida Maia
João Tiago Paulo
Rui Carlos Oliveira
Issue Date: 2017
Abstract: The exponential growth of data produced, the ever faster and ubiquitous connectivity, and the collaborative processing tools lead to a clear shift of data stores from local servers to the cloud. This migration occurring across different application domains and types of users|individual or corporate|raises two immediate challenges. First, outsourcing data introduces security risks, hence protection mechanisms must be put in place to provide guarantees such as privacy, confidentiality and integrity. Second, there is no \one-size-fits-all" solution that would provide the right level of safety or performance for all applications and users, and it is therefore necessary to provide mechanisms that can be tailored to the various deployment scenarios. In this paper, we address both challenges by introducing SafeFS, a modular architecture based on software-defined storage principles featuring stackable building blocks that can be combined to construct a secure distributed file system. SafeFS allows users to specialize their data store to their specific needs by choosing the combination of blocks that provide the best safety and performance tradeoffs. The file system is implemented in user space using FUSE and can access remote data stores. The provided building blocks notably include mechanisms based on encryption, replication, and coding. We implemented SafeFS and performed indepth evaluation across a range of workloads. Results reveal that while each layer has a cost, one can build safe yet efficient storage architectures. Furthermore, the different combinations of blocks sometimes yield surprising tradeoffs. © 2017 ACM.
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