Availability in Openstack: The Bunny that Killed the Cloud

Salih Ismail*, Hani Ragab Hassen, Mike Just, Hind Zantout

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The use of cloud is on the rise and is forecast to keep increasing exponentially in the coming years. Openstack is one of the major contributors to the cloud space and there are lot of providers using Openstack for providing cloud solutions. Many organizations run their entire network in the cloud and the availability of the cloud is of paramount importance. Openstack is the popular choice of implementation by many organizations. Openstack is an integration of many projects that make up the platform. There are many advantages to open source modularization and many essential services required to run the infrastructure. One such service is AMQP message broker service and the default one for Openstack is RabbitMQ. Our experimentation shows that it is possible to inject random messages to the queue of RabbitMQ bottling the resource of the main controller. This eventually leads to the entire cloud infrastructure crashing.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Conference on Applied CyberSecurity (ACS) 2021
EditorsHani Ragab Hassen, Hadj Batatia
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9783030959180
ISBN (Print)9783030959173
Publication statusPublished - 2 Feb 2022
EventInternational Conference on Applied CyberSecurity 2021 - Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 13 Nov 202114 Nov 2021

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Networks and Systems
ISSN (Print)2367-3370
ISSN (Electronic)2367-3389


ConferenceInternational Conference on Applied CyberSecurity 2021
Abbreviated titleACS 2021
Country/TerritoryUnited Arab Emirates

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Signal Processing
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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