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Author Jones, Michael B.
Source ACM Digital Library
Content type Text
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
File Format PDF
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Data processing & computer science
Abstract Many contemporary operating systems utilize a system call interface between the operating system and its clients. Increasing numbers of systems are providing low-level mechanisms for intercepting and handling system calls in user code. Nonetheless, they typically provide no higher-level tools or abstractions for effectively utilizing these mechanisms. Using them has typically required reimplementation of a substantial portion of the system interface from scratch, making the use of such facilities unwieldy at best.I am currently constructing an object-oriented toolkit which substantially increases the ease of interposing user code between clients and instances of the system interface by allowing such code to be written in terms of the high-level objects provided by this interface, rather than in terms of the intercepted system calls themselves. This toolkit helps enable new interposition agents to be written which otherwise would not have been attempted.I am also currently using this toolkit to construct several agents including: protected environments for running untrusted binaries, modified filesystem namespaces, logical devices implemented entirely in user space, transparent network data compression and/or encryption agents, and system call tracing tools. Examples of other interesting agents which could be built include: transactional software environments, and emulators for other operating system environments.
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 1975-04-01
Publisher Place New York
Journal ACM SIGOPS Operating Systems Review (OPSR)
Volume Number 26
Issue Number 2


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Source: ACM Digital Library