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Limiting Trust in the Storage Stack

Lakshmi N. Bairavasundaram, Meenali Rungta, Andrea C. Arpaci-Dusseau, Remzi H. Arpaci-Dusseau
Department of Computer Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison


We propose a framework for examining trust in the storage stack based on different levels of trustworthiness present across different channels of information flow. We focus on corruption in one of the channels, the data channel and as a case study, we apply type-aware corruption techniques to examine Windows NTFS behavior when on-disk pointers are corrupted. We find that NTFS does not verify on-disk pointers thoroughly before using them and that even established error handling techniques like replication are often used ineffectively. Our study indicates the need to more carefully examine how trust is managed within modern file systems.

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