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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VM Introspection on Public IaaS clouds

I came across this Security SE post and a few papers on VM Introspection [1] [2] [3] What prevents cloud providers like AWS from using techniques like these to observe EC2 instance activity? If they ...
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Are virtualized environments vulnerable to the Row Hammer attack?

Row Hammer is an exploit which relies on RAM defects to get unrestricted access to the RAM content, allowing to read/write otherwise protected memory and to get higher privileges on the system. To ...
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Are any container solutions secure enough to run fully un-trusted code, particularly as a VPS service?

A number of answers here on this Stack Exchange argue that containers are inherently insecure and one should never run untrusted code in a container, let alone run a container built entirely by ...
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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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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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When testing out security vulnerabilities on sites such as OWASP Projects, should we be in a secured/protected environment?

I was curious if there is any need to secure/protect ourselves when doing projects on sites like OWASP to learn about vulnerabilities or "Wargames/Challenges" such as what's posted in these links How ...
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What information could be identified about a Virtual Machine which routed traffic via a VPN?

Background: I have a Virtual Machine which is running all it's traffic through a VPN (from within the Virtual Machine) so to obfuscate all web traffic. This Virtual Machine is running from within an ...
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Virtualbox wipe drive on exit [migrated]

In Virtualbox, is there a way to wipe the virtual drive of a Guest OS upon exiting/shutting down that OS? If not, is there any other way to reaching that goal without doing it manually?
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Suspicious VMware connections that bypass firewall

I'm running VMware 5 and I have found that when I start up VMware I see two connections: TCP 10.100.100.161:55555->as-40816.engx.vmware.com:https (ESTABLISHED) TCP 10.100.100.161:55556->a184-85-...
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How can I safely test malware in a VM? [duplicate]

This question has probably been asked several times here, but I'll ask it a bit differently. I am trying to learn about malware and how it infects computers and how to disinfect a computer if one ...
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Can linux cgroups and namespaces assist hiding malware?

Reading about sandboxing/security possibilities I was looking a bit into cgroups and namespaces and asked myself: How do I know that my linux root account is indeed the real root account and not ...
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Is there any security risk with adding a **root's** public key to the local user's authorized_keys (so root to login as a user non-interactively?)

Background: I want to try unprivileged lxc containers a try on my small web server (hosting 2-4 users). Since the server is shared among friends, we decided to separate our services from the machine ...
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Is it safe to use rng-tools on a virtual machine?

I am currently working on an app that needs to create GPG key pairs using the gpg tool. Unfortunately, this tool takes a long time to generate a key pair if there is insufficient entropy/randomness ...
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Is it possible to emulate real network printer i.e. to run some actual firmware in VM?

I've got to the section related to network printers exploitation while going through one security course. Under "network printer" I understand standalone devices with a dedicated ethernet\wireless ...
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How to detect hosts running in virtual machines with nmap?

I have to determine if a given subnet has virtual hosts. Are there any ideas about what switches to use?
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How to handle password storage for my project?

We have NFC cards to keep track of presence, students scan their card to a terminal at the beginning of every lesson, we want to extend the cards usage to filter out who can access the Raspberry Pi's ...
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Cybersecurity Server Stack references

I hear a lot of best practices saying that you should have 2 vSphere server stacks: One for Production One for Cybersecurity For example, your enterprise might have a vSphere environment stack that ...
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Virtulization in cloud and security

From a security perspective, which type of hyper-visor cloud is more secure - one that runs on bare-metal (using minimal boot strap build into hyper-visor) or one which is loaded as a part of the OS ...
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Is it safe to use virtual machines when examining malware?

We want to study for the CEH program and have downloaded 12 DVDs that 6 DVDs are software key-loggers, Trojans, etc. that are all detected by antivirus. This prevents us from examining them and ...
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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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How long to re-seed /dev/urandom in a virtual machine?

I have read plenty about the distinction between /dev/random and /dev/urandom. I understand that the prevailing advice is to use /dev/urandom. The explanation - that 256 bits of 'proper' randomness ...
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Are OpenStack SSH keys secure? [closed]

I found two places that describe OpenStack SSH keys, but nothing seems to say whether or not they're generated on VMs. Is this configurable? I have read and heard here (How can you securely ...
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Is VeraCrypt encryption of VHDX correct?

I have created a dynamically expanding vhdx of 500GB to store my backups to - I have decided not to create a 500GB container due to time it would take to create one. I have encrypted the drive ...
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Can a hypervisor rootkit enable hardware-assisted virtualization when it has been disabled by the BIOS?

I was recently reading An Introduction to Hardware-Assisted Virtual Machine (HVM) Rootkits (PDF), and it wasn't entirely clear about the conditions under which the hypervisor rootkit can start ...
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Security implications of “local admin on host OS” vs “local admin on virtual guest OS”

At work we have a discussion on computer security. The scenario: Our work PCs are Windows desktops that are part of a windows domain Users have domain accounts they use to log in to windows The ...
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Apple vs DOJ - how strong is the 10-try wipe brute force barrier?

Out of curiosity and with the hope of helping other beginners and journalists. The current Apple vs DOJ standoff in a nutshell - Apple is resisting DOJ with statements like what they're asking is "...
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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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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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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 ...