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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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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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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Am I safe if I run untrusted applications inside a Virtual Machine [duplicate]

I have some untrusted software. I plan to run them on a guest Windows 7 on my host Windows 8 OS using Oracle VirtualBox. In the worst case, will only my guest OS be affected? Can the hacker access ...
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Is there a way to identify the host of a malicious VM from across the network?

Scenario: Someone is attacking your network. However, they're not exactly using their machine to do it - they're using a VM running on their system. The VM's network adapter is configured in "...
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Does RNG play a role in PGP signing?

We have a Jenkins system that builds and PGP-signs software releases, and we are considering moving the signing component to an isolated VM instead of running it as part of the overall builder ...
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In this case, does Virtualization gives more security?

A: running an OpenBSD machine with a httpd and a smtp server? vs. B: running an OpenBSD machine as virtualization host with QEMU having two guest OpenBSD system: one for smtp and one for httpd. ...
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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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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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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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What are ways I can analyze malware in an infected machine, not just clean it?

I often run into infected devices in my environment and would like to learn more about the specific infections that have gotten in. What are the best tools and techniques I could use to do this? I ...
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VirtualBox Pen Test Lab Setup

So i'm trying to set up a pen test lab in virtual box on my windows 7 host. I have 3 guest OS's installed: 1.) BackTrack5 2.) Centos 5 Server/Snort (My Snortbox) 3.) Win XP (Unpatched) I have 3 ...
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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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Can a kernel exploit compromise an OpenVZ host?

as openvz runs a a lot of virtual servers. i wonder how kernel-exploits could affect the whole system. would it be possible to break out of a "virtual machine" with a kernel-exploit on openvz??? (...
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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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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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Can an unprivileged process in a hardware-virtualized system cause a `VMExit` without cooperation from the kernel?

For SVM or VT-x, the set of conditions which trigger a vmexit to the virtual machine monitor is pretty complex. Can an unprivileged process trigger any of these without assistance from the kernel? ...
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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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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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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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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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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 default ...
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VPS Safety in the Cloud

Imagine you are running a web server on a Virtual Private Server (VPS) hosted in a datacenter. Could the people running the datacenter covertly read files from my VPS's hard disk? Could an attacker ...
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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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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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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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Shared hosting vs VPS

I have an Asp.net site. Which hosting system do I need to secure it adequately* against anyone reading private information that's on the server? This is assuming I'm not worried about the sysadmins ...
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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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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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Instrumentation vs virtual machine introspection

I cannot differentiate between Instrumentation and Virtual machine introspection. Since the goal of Virtual Machine introspection is to examine the properties of a target through virtual machine ...
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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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Reboot to clean state daily, on Windows

I already know that this can be done on Linux, One can boot to a flash drive that is write protected. Live modify folders can be symlinked to to a swap partition, and this prevents viruses from being ...
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Is there a way to use multiple firewalls / antivirus for penetration testing?

I don't really know how to do either, but I was wondering if it was possible to have multiple firewalls / virus scanners installed at once, and use a 3rd party program to specify which one is running ...
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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 detect when your RAM is being copied or scanned by a hypervisor

I am working in a Virtual Machine that is on a ESXi server on a remote machine. I am not the only one who has access to the ESXi and others could take memory snapshots of my running VM. Is there a way ...
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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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Why Parallels 8 installer looking into my Chrome's Cookies?

While trying to install Parallels on OS X I looked into Activity Monitor to find where is the installed Parallels located (it was weird that it stays invisible in Application folder). And than I found ...
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How do I use Windows 7 virtualization features to prevent transitive trust of admin credentials?

I am exploring using VMs to separate my administrative actions from standard user actions in Windows 7. The goal is to limit my risk and exposure when using "RunAs" to open an application or file ...
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Is vlan considered a security feature? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why do people tell me not to use VLANs for security? This topic came up in a discussion about network infrastructure, where a company had moved from separate physical ...
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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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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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Design differences of tails and whonix concerning virtualization

Tails and Whonix both can run in VirtualBox. Tails doesn't recommends it for security reasons (https://tails.boum.org/doc/advanced_topics/virtualization/index.en.html), for Whonix it seems to be a ...