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I am interested what features VMWare uses to protect passwords inside the virtual machine.

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closed as not a real question by Iszi, AviD Apr 19 '12 at 18:13

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What do you mean "inside the virtual machine"? Unless VMWare uses its own password-based authentication for some purposes, the hypervisor has neither control nor responsibility for passwords used on the guest systems. Please clarify your question. –  Iszi Mar 15 '12 at 23:22
    
Does VMware have its own password-based authentication at all? If so, how does it protect those passwords when running its own virtual machine residing on its host computer? –  Kevin Brehmer Mar 18 '12 at 6:29

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It can't. The operating system hashes passwords and stores them somewhere on the disk image. Most operating systems use very weak password hashing schemes. Most notably the Microsoft world uses NTML or LM hashing scheme which can be broken with freely available rainbow tables.

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On a side note, I have cracked a fair amount of XP passwords by brute forcing, and just entering the LM/NTML hashes on a site such as this md5decrypter.co.uk/ntlm-decrypt.aspx . As for the question, VMWare doesn't take any extra precautions, that is the operating systems job. –  ekaj Mar 16 '12 at 3:02

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