Virtualization is the creation of a virtual (rather than actual) version of something, such as an operating system, a server, a storage device or network resources.

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safe money transfer on open wifi VS vpn not allowed

sometimes I need to do money transfer on my windows tablet when I'm connected to an open wifi, but I noticed that some of them don't allow VPN services. This scares me, since I'm worried about ...
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VM-Guest-only internet, leave host disconnected? [migrated]

I read from a computer security expert that if you really want to keep your personal data safe, don't connect your computer to the internet, as everything can be hacked. The more I think about it, it ...
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Is it safe to host passwordless web applications/software with web GUI in Virtual Machines

I have a Linux Mint Virtual Machine which I use quite a lot with my Windows host. I have lots of Software installed there (mostly with web GUI so I can access them from host easily). So I am ...
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OpenVPN and running other services on same server

What security implications should I know about/look for when running OpenVPN on the same server as my network cloud controller and apt-cache-ng? I plan on using the same server to run apt-cacher-ng ...
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Changing MAC address on Virtual Machine [migrated]

Running linux on virtual box with Windows 10 as a host. I want to edit the mac address on linux and was wondering if a network admin would see the spoofed linux mac or my Windows one? Would I have to ...
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Detect a Virtual Machine on my Wifi?

Is there a way to detect whether a machine connected to my wifi is a physical machine or a virtual machine?
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Do I need to change my host OS to something like Tails if I already have Tails running in a VM if I want to be protected on the interenet?

First let me say sorry if I sound like a script kitty, because I am. Now on to my question. So I want to be protected on the internet when I go on the deep web, do banking etc. I use Tails to protect ...
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Does Docker provide the same security as a vm

Does Docker provide the same level of security/isolation as a virtual machine running over a hypervisor? If not, how can that be achieved?
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Sandboxing IE on metro interface

I hold a tablet with Windows 8.1. When I'm on the desktop interface I do use Sandboxie for normal internet usage to prevent having Windows infected. I wonder if there is a way to do the same with the ...
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Home Banking, antivirus safe environments OR Linux on virtual machines?

Which is the safest way to do home banking, given that I do use Windows on a tablet, I do connect to both private and public networks and I cannot use a Linux live distro right now? I've been ...
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Daily Virtual Machines workflow: Use for sensitive activities?

Daily Virtual Machines workflow: Use for sensitive activities? Every day I'm playing with fire regarding my computer security, in one chrome profile I have my business side, logged into social media ...
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How safely allow users to run arbitrary JVM code on a server?

I'm planning a service that will require allowing users to run arbitrary JVM code on a server. I'm planning to sandbox the code, but I know that the JVM has traditionally had security holes, which is ...
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Is this VM-sandbox idea a good idea for testing viruses? [duplicate]

You want to look at some viruses, so you use something like VirtualBox to create a sandbox environment. But what if we change that environment a lot? What if we do: STEP ONE: Create a bootable flash ...
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Is it safe to install malware in a VM

Is it safe to install malware in virtual machines? I would like to investigate malware, but I don't want to infect my own computer. Can I install the malware in a VMWare VM, maybe even without ...
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Limit Packets Per Second

Since last week I have been seeing something fishy and it seems to be worsening. I tried many firewalls and they seem to be useless. I blocked all unwanted ports and only few ports are open so I found ...
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Operating system encryption of a Virtual Machine

I am a MacBook Pro user but sometimes I need to manage very sensitive data on Windows Seven. I am running Windows Seven on a virtual machine using Parallels Desktop v10.2.1. This software already has ...
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How secure is shared folder feature of virtualbox

If we have a folder shared between the host and guest OS in virtual box so that the guest can write in this folder, then it can drop any file (including malware) into such folder. But is there a way ...
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VM production server and low entropy

I'm monitoring a VM functioning as our production server. I noticed it has at many times, quite low entropy (/proc/sys/kernel/random/entropy_avail). On average our server(which among other stuff does ...
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Resetting the Windows RNG

According to this research, Windows seems to produce the same sequence of random numbers indefinitely when a process is kicked off before a VM snapshot is taken. This is a huge issue obviously when ...
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How Likely Is It For A Virus To Spread From A Linux VM To The Windows Host

I'm currently running Windows 10, and I plan to use a Linux distro to run in a VM (Virtual Box). I know Linux is one of the most secure operating systems there is and I'm curious as to how likely it ...
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How to get a completely isolated virtual time using Xen?

Referring to the following quote https://www.kernel.org/doc/Documentation/virtual/kvm/timekeeping.txt 4.8) Covert channels and leaks In addition to the above problems, time information will ...
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How do professional hackers to test their own malwares/viruses without harming their own computer?

Yesterday I started some hacking tutorials on http://xeushack.com/tutorials/ by curiosity. I used the Android app to read the different articles about different ways of "hacking". The author clearly ...
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“Memory Sinkhole” attack and virtual machines?

Recently a design flaw in some Intel X86 processors was revealed at Blackhat. The flaw enables malicious code to gain access to SMM. The flaw can be exploited by an attacker with administrator ...
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Exactly how secure is VM browsing?

I generally do all of my web browsing in a VM. I have one "safe" VM running Ubuntu that has guest services installed. I generally only go to sites I deem are trustworthy here. I also have an "unsafe" ...
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Most secure way to isolate computer on network

I handle personal client information. Stuff that shouldn't get lost. Because of this, I have had to be careful not to download or install anything that is in any way uncertain. One data stealing virus ...
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Most secure way to deliver web app for offline access [closed]

Having built a web app based on a PHP stack which is deployed on a server, I would like to have a way to provide access to it offline. There's a database of patients and appointments that needs to be ...
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Virtual Machine Introspection for VirtualBox

Is possible use Virtual Machine Introspection (VMI) for monitoring system calls and internal system operations in Oracle VirtualBox machine (if I use Linux as quest system) in this time? I have read ...
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Docker X11 Forwarding Security

I am currently running a Docker container with a program with a GUI forwarded over SSH (using X forwarding over OpenSSH). The virtualized server has X11Forwarding enabled and I can connect to it from ...
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What is the risk of data being recovered from SAN storage after logical deletion?

The specific scenario involves Linux servers on VMware hosts with SAN storage. If files containing sensitive data are deleted by Linux, can they be recovered by a low level tool similar to what might ...
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How do virtual machines help security?

Can using a VM help to protect my passwords or other data? I'm asking this because I'm using a PC that others have access to, so there is possibly of some malware. I don't want to login to my web ...
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VPN Server Inside VPN client on Router

This is a different context of an already asked question: In a few words: Sub-VPN or VPN SubNetwork... VPNsception? So I am using DD-WRT flashed router which connects as a client to VPN server ...
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Would placing a hardened virtual machine in a VPS provide more security?

I have been working with DigitalOcean for a while now and while I do like that they make it easy to start up with a fully functioning virtual machine ready to go. It makes me cringe a little though ...
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In VMs, do shared folders reduce security effectiveness?

VirtualBox offers the option of using shared folders, others probably offer the same thing. I am not sure whether the host is directly accessing the memory of the guest, or if there some process which ...
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Preventing outgoing Portscan/SYN/UDP Floods in the datacenter

We are a VPS hosting company that have servers housed in a datacenter in Germany. Currently we are receiving multiple take-down requests because customers are ports scanning or attacking servers ...
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Will Kaspersky or BitDefender work on Hyper-V? [closed]

In case if I decide to test them or just don't want install them on a physical machine. I mean usual versions of antiviruses, not specially designed for virtual machines. Also interesting if I can ...
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Sandbox for GNU/Linux secure enough to run malware in it without harm [closed]

I am seemkng for a sandbox for Linux secure enough to run malware in it securely. It should allow create different sandboxes run different programs in them, including the ones requiring admin ...
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When do shared disks “leak” data to other VMs, and how is that mitigated?

Inspired by this answer, I would like to know what are some common threats and mitigation techniques used to prevent one VM from leaking data to another via the shared storage infrastructure. ...
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Can I make my online server more secure using Docker?

I had my online web server ransacked, they got in through my hosted WordPress site and privilege escalated from there. I am wondering, if I put the WordPress in a Docker, would that go a decent way ...
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Is this powershell script an infection?

While I was sitting in front of the computer not using it,my Windows 10 machine quickly flashed a few terminal windows, and then gave me a Windows Security popup, asking for my password. I have no ...
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How secure are virtual machines really? False sense of security?

I was reading this CompTIA Security+ SYO-201 book, and the author David Prowse claims that: Whichever VM you select, the VM cannot cross the software boundaries set in place. For example, a ...
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Can virtualization protect me from an infected BIOS?

As you know, there are attacks on the firmware of BIOS and HDD. What if I used some kind of VMS, maybe VirtualBox? Will this protect me from an already infected BIOS (and by that, I mean, no one can ...
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Enabling virutalization, addressing the bluepill risk?

Background to this question is the ambivalence I assume with virtualization. Also to start directly with clarity: the term bluepill should here be a placeholder to denote "malware that uses ...
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Attacks on keys generated with low entropy

If I were to give someone a two 4096 bits keys, and say one was generated in a Linux OS with very very low entropy available, and one was generated in a Linux OS with more than enough entropy. Would ...
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Virtual Machine Integrity Hash Check

If I used virtualbox to create a snapshot template of a preconfigured linux machine and wanted to ensure that no one has tampered with my snapshot, could I simply keep a comparable hash of the VDI ...
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VirtualBox: Ubuntu With or Without Virtual Hard Drive

I've been working on a setup using VirtualBox that uses the Whonix Gateway as a Tor middlebox and I am planning on using Ubuntu for the workstation. I don't plan on storing any information on the ...
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Boot Attacks possible on encryption keys used in virtual machines

Is it possible for an attacker to restore passwords or encryption keys that one has used in a virtual machine the same way like restoring keys that have been used in a standard system applying a boot ...
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Security issues for host system when running a home web server on a VM

I want to run a web server at home (really for the fun and learning of web/network and other security best practices), running a web app that I plan to write with Ruby on Rails and be able to access ...
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Safety of routing a network to a firewall

I am studying for my CompTIA Security+ qualification and have come across the following question. Question : You are implementing a testing environment for a development team. They use several ...
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Security of LXC compared to OpenVZ

For years, I'm now using OpenVZ on my server, but support discontinued for Debian and Ubuntu, current releases seem to focus on LXC now, which is not a bad idea from the point of comfort. But what ...
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Additional virtual security? [closed]

Besides following VMware's security best practices, are there any other recommended security technologies that are aimed at security and compliance in virtual environments? Vormetric comes to mind, ...