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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Performance issues while applying encryption at host or guest level?

One of the security expert here suggested me to apply encryption at guest(virtual machine) level rather than applying at host level with good reason. Before applying that I want to know what can be ...
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Which one is best, host or guest encryption?

Can anyone please tell me which option is better, I mean whether I should encrypt my data at virtual machine level or guest level in cloud? I tried to investigate it but did not find best solution so ...
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VM Guest network security with NAT?

Supposing I have an untrusted guest VM (e.g. I'm running a cloud data centre). If I set the network connection up to use NAT, the guest can still access the internet. But what's to stop them accessing ...
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How are IaaS Virtual Machines Isolated?

I am currently examining Hypervisor firewalls for my graduate thesis, but I unfortunately don't have a lot of experience with IaaS environments. How are IaaS Virtual Machines network isolated from ...
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Enforcing software expiration on virtual machines

It is possible for virtual machine guests to bypass the software expiration timers for paid software. This example shows one way to do this on VMWare. A simpler method is for the user to "revert to ...
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Is it possible to encrypt a virtual machine using virtualbox? [closed]

Is it possible to encrypt a virtual machine using virtualbox, and not leave accessible to the users of the machine where it hosted, and not allow any file to be extracted it with some program ? The ...
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What are the tradeoffs in cost, effort, and value in moving a database server to a virtualized DMZ environment?

I am quite new to the DMZ concept and working on a project as part of my master thesis where Remote access is required for the Development environment. However, there is a functional requirement for ...
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How to secure application VM?

This question is derived from my previous question on Isolating Web application where two approaches were recommended. Apache Chroot Jail Isolation through Virtualization My question is if one of ...
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Designing a Sandbox for Windows

I am thinking about the design for a sandbox, which is able to execute arbitrary unmodified, untrusted binaries. The goal is to implement an application Unlike something like e.g. Google Chrome's ...
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Is it appropriate to use haveged as a source of entropy on virtual machines?

While looking for solutions to entropy pool depletion on virtual machines, I came across an interesting project called haveged, which is based on the HAVEGE algorithm (HArdware Volatile Entropy ...
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What is Virtual Machine Introspection?

I have seen it presented as a special security technique but it seems like it basically means automated security monitoring of your virtual environment. Is that the basic idea?
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undetectable virtualization apps to spoof web browsers [closed]

monitoring web pages for malicious iframes (root kits) without VM is not safe. when its possible to detect virtualization just by javascript, which software provide undetectable VMs ? QEMU is safe?
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Detecting Virtualization from web browser

is that possible active adversaries who injecting malicious iframes (root kits), without Flash, Java or any other plugin detect that we using virtualization by javascript or timing differentials and ...
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Why guest's connections can pass host's firewall?

I've been wondering about this. Assume a host with a strong firewall setup (for example only allowing port 80). That host has some virtual machines without firewall. Why the connections made on ...
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Is a VM only as secure as its host?

Question If one installs a VM with "high security" on a host machine with "low security", will the VM be only as secure as the machine it's installed on, or will the high-security aspects from the VM ...
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VMware server 4.1 -how can I prevent VMs being exposed to each other through VMCI?

I have realized there are issues such as virtual machines being exposed to other VMs within the same system when they're connected to the VMCI socket interface. How do we prevent this ?
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Setting up home lab with Snort and Vyatta - looking for resource recommendations or advice

I'm looking to turn a new desktop (Ubuntu 12.10-64bit) I built into a virtual home lab for testing and experimenting with various security things. The first setup I would like to try running is the ...
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Segmenting Virtual Network Traffic

I have a basic to moderate understanding of VLAN's and their pros and cons as they relate to network segmentation but I'm wondering where to start as one moves into virtualized environments. From a ...
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Firewall on a VM

I know I could use a software firewall on the guest to achieve a situation similar to this, but is there a way to emulate a firewall (protecting multiple Guests) between a host and guests on a ...
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Breaking out of the virtualization layer

Problem So I set up a virtual backtrack machine using VMware Workstation - I'm trying to launch an attack against the host OS (Ubuntu Linux) from the virtualized host (backtrack), but I do not ...
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Full Disk Encryption within a VM, how secure is it?

Just a quick query on basically how to secure a VM for a home computer for a number of uses (such as securing work related data in a good enough fashion whilst in its native environment). I'm not ...
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Using a VM to access internet when malware blocks internet access?

My computer was recently infected by some malware which had blocked internet access. I had a virtualization software with an OS in it. Surprisingly, I could access the internet from the VM. I know ...
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Is there a way to make changes to a virtual machine, test it out, and automatically make same changes to normal machine?

Is there a way to install programs and make changes to a virtual machine and if they work ok have them applied to the "actual" machine? For example in this question when fiasco_averted says "...only ...
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Building a Security Training Simulation environment

My university is keen to build a security training simulation environment/platform and it will be a good learning experience for students. I Googled around to find out how it is built, but I only ...
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Boot or reboot to clean state on Windows each time?

I use virtual box to securely surf the web, but it's easy to get lazy and use the same image more than once. Currently, I have a golden Win 7 image that I built and loaded my required software. I ...
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How isolated are files on a VirtualBox virtual machine from the host filesystem?

When transferring ownership of a computer from one party to another, it's advisable to perform steps to clean out personal data from the hard drive. Depending on needs, the type of data, and/or level ...
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Configuration for a server [closed]

I would like to configure a server and need guidance in assembling a server. I do not wish to spend much but at the same time I do not wish to compromise on performance. The purpose for my server ...
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Setting up a remote test environment correctly

My setup: - Main Box (connected to network) - VM1 : Linux - VM2 : Windows 7 Both the VMs are running off VM Player and using Bridged: connected directly to the physical network and replicating ...
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How does virtualisation (IaaS) protect from CPU microcode updates and firmware changes?

Is it safe to assume that it's impossible for CPU Microcode updates and firmware updates to be initiated from a guest VM? What software or hardware technologies protect my guest OS from altering or ...
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Why must VMX instructions trap?

What would happen if each of these instructions didn't trap into VMX root when executed in VMX non-root? INVEPT, INVVPID, VMCALL,VMCLEAR, VMLAUNCH, VMPTRLD, VMPTRST, VMREAD, VMRESUME, VMWRITE, ...
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How will microvirtualisation change the security field, if at all?

Will this reduce the number of exploitable vulnerabilities in common operating systems? Will the only path in be to exploit the VM itself? Marketing blurb from Bromium's website below. ... ...
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VMware Workstation 9 Security Best Practice Guides

Could someone please be able point me in the direction of where I could find some best practice security guides for VMware Workstation 9 please? I've searched the VMware site and to say it's badly ...
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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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Can a malware jump from a virtual to the physical machine? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How secure are virtual machines really? False sense of security? I found out that malware authors check if the hard drive volume name, or network card MAC matches ...
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VMWare Fusion Encryption and Snapshotting

VMWare Fusion 5 has an encryption feature that I have enabled, with what I would consider a hard-to-brute-force-crack password. How secure is the data in this VM? If I shut down the VM each time ...
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Memory Dumping - Cause for concern in Virtualization?

Recently, I started exploring threats to Virtual machines in general. The first question that popped into my head was whether a host machine can dump its entire memory onto a file, and inspect the ...
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What are the security precautions taken to ensure a virtualized domain can't compromise its host

I recently started learning about xen and became more interested in visualization. I read a few whitepapers, did a search here, but couldn't find an answer. My guess is someone will link me to some ...
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Find changes and modifications made to system by application or virus,

I would like to use either Hyper-V or Vmware to take a Clean Base snapshot and a snapshot after an application or virus has made changes so I can then see what was changed between the two images. ...
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Would running VMs inside of VMs be a more secure way to study viruses, etc?

I was reading this post on SuperUser, and it made me wonder about security. I've read somewhere else that some viruses/malware/whatever CAN break outside of a VM... and then infect the host OS. BUT, ...
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Windows 8 in a VDI environment and the use of Secure Boot

I have a question, How would secure boot be implemented in a virtulized environment, say XEN hypervisor with multiple guest OS's including Windows 8 guest VM? does the guest VM need access to the ...
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Is dual-booting an OS more or less secure than running a virtual machine?

I run two operating systems on two separate disk partitions on the same physical machine (a modern MacBook Pro). In order to isolate them from each other, I've taken the following steps: Configured ...
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Can a TCP connection with a VM be “escaped from” to reach the host? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How secure are virtual machines really? False sense of security? If a VM (e.g. VirtualBox) on host A opens a TCP connection to a hacker Z, are there any possible ...
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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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Physical machines not detected from a Backtrack VM

Some time back I asked about using metasploit on a virtual machine here. This question is a kind of 'part 2' of it. My test bed set up consists of 3 physical machines: A, B and C. Each of them have ...
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Obtaining the IP address of a virtual machine to use Metasploit

I am beginning to learn Metasploit and, to play safe, am practicing it out on a virtual machine. The target machine, which is a virtual machine, is under NATing. How do I access it/ connect to it- ...
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I've just purchased a VPS to use for developing and managing my clients hosting packages. What necessary steps do I have to take?

The VPS is running CentOS and I have full access. I only looked around using the cPanel installation and already disabled anonymous FTP access. What other security risks are there with a default VPS ...
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Changing malware trends in VM

I recently came (Dunno, since when it was happening) to know that malwares can detect if they are running inside a VM like Vmware, and thus can change their behaviour. So my question is how the ...
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Will virus downloaded to guest OS affect Host OS? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How secure are virtual machines really? False sense of security? If I download a file in Guest Windows XP machine in Vmware Workstation, which is a virus. Can it affect ...
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What do I need to configure, to make sure my software uses /dev/urandom?

When setting up a server, what configuration changes do I need to make sure that all of the software uses /dev/urandom instead of /dev/random? Some servers don't have much entropy in the entropy pool ...
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Source code security

We have about 20 developers working in a heterogeneous environment, mostly using company laptops or desktops. We run Windows 7 on desktops/laptops and a mixture of Linux distros (Ubuntu/CentOS). ...