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Xen currently has two major mechanisms to maintain security while hosting untrusted VMs without causing disruption to those guests: live patching, and live migration. We introduce a third method: live updating Xen. A live-update operation involves loading of the newly-staged hypervisor into RAM, the currently-running Xen serializing its state, and then transferring control to the newly-staged Xen, all without disrupting running instances, beyond a little downtime when neither hypervisor is running guest vCPUs.
We present a proposal on the design of such a feature, and invite comments and feedback.