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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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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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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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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aircrack-ng under Win7 — possible?

What needs to be installed to get the full aircrack-ng suite (or the closest possible equivalent) working under Win7? Should you use VirtualPC, VirtualBox, or VMware Workstation for this? Should you ...
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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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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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How anonymous is my setup?

my friend and I are trying to make the most anonymous setup for a computer to do things across the internet without being known the location from which it came. Our setup is as follows: A windows ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How can I protect content distributed on a linux virtual machine?

What assets am I trying to protect? An unofficial pre-alpha software prototype provided as a reproducible example for evaluation during the scientific peer-review process. The software will be ...
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Protecting LAN from remote controlled VMs

I am making a virtual network setup for my high school cybersecurity team to practice. I am connecting all the VMs together through a VPN and then people who are practicing will VPN in and ssh/remote ...
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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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Deploying vulnerable web application online‏

I am deploying a vulnerable web application for students (about 100) in a university, that they can test online and am collecting all the traffic for research purposes. I am deploying this machine on ...
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How Does VMWare Protect Passwords? [closed]

I am interested what features VMWare uses to protect passwords inside the virtual machine.
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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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How secure is to store encryption keys or SSH Keys on LPAR?

I want to store SSH keys (used to connect to some devices that have sensitive data) and the encryption/decryption keys of a database application. They will be inside a LPAR (logical partition) in our ...
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Protection of Keys/Passwords on Virtual Hardware (XEN, KVM, VMWare, etc.)

Is there any reasonable way to secure data on virtual hardware? What I mean by "virtual hardware" is the various hosted systems that one can rent from various online hosters, that run on top of XEN, ...
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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 Intel AESNI supported by Xen in VPS/Cloud hosting environments? [closed]

I'm having trouble determining whether when using a hosting company that uses Xen virtualization and Intel processors with AESNI embedded encryption, I would have access to AESNI (i.e., is it an ...
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Can web connections from a virtual machine guest using NAT attract attacks from the Web to the host?

The hosts OS might be Windows 7 and its firewall activated and the visualization is done by Virtual Box , but I think these details are less important. This question might be related in some way to ...
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VM hypervisior that doesn't leak that it's a VM to the guest?

I need a VM Hypervisor that will not leak to the guest that its in a VM. The guest should believe its on a full physical machine. Apparently VirtualBox fails at this, along with Virtual PC and ...
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if the hypervisor is hacked are all guests affected as well?

I'm guessing that all guests would be screwed, if the hypervisor is hacked. I found this article, but it seems to be more focused on privilege escalation of guests. I'm more interested to hear about ...
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Is BitLocker on a virtual machine still FIPS 140-2 compliant?

BitLocker can be used as a cryptographic module to fulfill FIPS 140-2 security level 1 compliance. In a common setup, USB thumb drives can be used to unlock drives encrypted by BitLocker on startup. ...
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Breaking out of a strict linux sandbox running virtually under windows: do the linux-sandbox access control policies even matter?

I am developing an application which will run untrusted code. I have been designing it for linux, thinking that I can just run it in a virtual machine on windows when the need arises. The linux ...
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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 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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Securely building a local pentest lab in a VM

I'd like to set up OWASP WebGoat or a similar vulnerable web app in a VM (probably VirtualBox on Linux). For convenience's sake, I'd like to get it running on one of the primary machines I use (say, a ...
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Can a virtual machine program view a host machine's connections?

I don't really know anything about computers. I need to run a virtual Windows machine inside an Ubuntu system. My current setup uses a stripped down version of Windows XP on VirtualBox. I intend to ...
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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 ...