Secure deployment of provable identity for dynamic application environments

  • US 8,990,562 B2
  • Filed: 10/08/2010
  • Issued: 03/24/2015
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/08/2010
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method for establishing a provable identity for a virtual machine, comprising:

  • launching the virtual machine;

    creating an account for the virtual machine on a second computer;

    in response to creating the account for the virtual machine on the second computer, sending the virtual machine first data, and sending the second computer the first data;

    sending, by the virtual machine, the first data to the second computer and the second computer verifying the first data as received from the virtual machine against the first data already possessed by the second computer;

    in response to the second computer verifying the first data as received from the virtual machine against the first data already possessed by the second computer, creating a full token that comprises an assertion of an identity of the virtual machine, and sending the full token to the virtual machine;

    sending a public key to a third computer; and

    sending, by the virtual machine, the full token to the third computer, the third computer confirming the identity of the virtual machine based on determining that combining the full token of the virtual machine and the public key produces a result consistent with the identity of the virtual machine.

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