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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Infection through Virtual machine in NAT mode

I have a VM box configured using NAT to my host OS. It seems I can ping to the machines in my LAN. If my VM box got infected somehow my malware while surfing, would the malware be able to infect ...
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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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How to detect when your RAM is being copied or scanned by a hypervisor

I am working in a Virtual Machine (Ubuntu LTS 14) that is on a ESXi server on a remote machine. I am not the only one who has access to the ESXi and other people can take memory snapshots of my ...
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CTF competitions/challenges that are Windows based?

I've been messing about in CTF's for a while and I also do pen-testing professionally, what i've noticed is a distinct lack of CTF competitions using windows environments. This is in stark contrast ...
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Snort only detect local issues [on hold]

I have installed two physical machines with KVM virtualization using Red Hat as OS ( h1 and h2). In h1 I have installed the virtual machines w1 and db1 In h2 the virtual machines w2 , db1 and ids. ...
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Are paravirtualized drivers a security risk?

Below is a copy of my answer that I gave in some other thread (Would running VMs inside of VMs be a more secure way to study viruses, etc?) about a topic of security of nested virtualization. I would ...
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Unable to log into encrypted root drive after running virtual machine [migrated]

I am unable to log into my encrypted hard drive on the host which is Ubuntu 14.04 LTS desktop. This all happened after I did the following. Ran VirtualBox Created a VDI drive Installed Kali Linux ...
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intentionally vulnerable virtualbox or vmware appliances for practicing mobile pentest? [closed]

Is there any virtualbox or vmware appliances or anything like metasploitable that one can use to practice mobile pentest without the real hardware? I can find those for traditional ethernet but what ...
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How to configure Suricata to not interfere with virtual machine [closed]

I'm currently planning on setting up Suricata as a firewall on my laptop. I'm wondering however if it's possible to set Suricata to not interfere with traffic to and from specific virtual machines ...
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Is it possible to run an encrypted java environment?

I've seen that virtual machines in virtualbox or VMware can be encrypted so that no one on the outside can access the disk, ram or CPU cache since the entire hardware is emulated and encrypted too. ...
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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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Why is nmap that slow on my system (ubuntu 14.04)?

I just started to learn something about portscanning with nmap. when i try to run an a nullscan or any other type on a virtual machine (win7 no firewall) the scan needs a lot of time to perform: ...
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Upgrade my Dell Inspiron laptop for PenTesting [closed]

I have a Dell Inspiron N5110 & wanna upgrade it to start practising pentesing with virtual machines. What do u suggest from specs below to upgrade (I have Kali Linux, Tails OS, XP, Metasploitable ...
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Is openVZ patched against all exploits for its current kernel version?

I am looking for a container vitalization software that will allow me to create containers that will house specific software/jobs/tasks which I can start stop at will (and bind to interface aliases). ...
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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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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 can a VPN use a virtual router and not send encrypt traffic and still be safe?

Today in networking class we were talking about VPNs. The prof got on topic of virtual routers and said that a way some VPNs work is by a client would purchase the service from the ISP and the ISP ...
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What are the steps to securing encryption keys/databases on an unsecured DAAS provider?

Most Desktop As A Service providers store their virtual hard drives and the VMs RAM in a way that allows them to access their contents. Choosing a provider who offers a 'no-knowledge of server' ...
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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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Can a virtual machine be used instead of the host?

I was thinking of using a Debian guest as my main 'host' instead of my actual host (Ubuntu). Do you think this will have any advantages in terms of making it difficult for digital forensics to ...
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Removing Virtual Guest Additions Safely

So say I have a virtual machine that has been handed to me by an end user for forensics. It's a virtual machine exported as an appliance. I don't want VirtualBox's guest additions or VMWare Tools to ...
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Testing Malware in one Virtual Machine which is running side by side along with other Virtual Machines

I want to harden the security of my host system and side by side running virtual machines while testing some files for malware in one of the virtual machines. Here comes a list of questions that I ...
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Host an application on a virtualbox? [duplicate]

I want to host an application locally, but I was worried about security of my local files. I decided to 'encapsulate' the application using VirtualBox. Is that safe for my host OS (Windows)?
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Can virtual machines be used to isolate vulnerable software?

I have had a look at most of the previous questions about virtual machines (VMs) and they all appear to be focused on hosting malware in the VM and preventing it breaking out of the VM. What I can’t ...
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PCI Compliance - Antivirus in host and virtual environment?

We have a couple servers with a host system, and virtual DB and Web instances. Is it possible to be compliant with PCI if you install the Antivirus only on the host system, or does it need to be ...
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PCI-DSS: Recomendations for Mixed-Mode Virtual Environments

We are PCI-DSS 2.0 compliant. We have three internal networks: GENERAL (workstations, app file servers) workstations can RDP to the PCI servers in order to work on the cardholder data. MANAGEMENT ...
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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). ...
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How Secure are Virtual Networks [duplicate]

When using a Virtual Network, is it possible to infect the underlying Network infrastructure with malware from the Virtual Network. How safe is the use of Virtual Networks?
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Does a Virtual Machine stop malware from doing harm?

I would like to know if it is save for the host system of a virtual machine (VM - VirtualBox OSE in my case) to execute malware. Can a virus break out and read or write data from the host system? ...
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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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Are Hyper-V Memory Snapshots secure/encrypted?

When dealing with encryption tools (TrueCrypt, Bitlocker and any successors) the passwords are always somewhere in memory. Therefore when there are memory dumps on a hard disk, for example in the ...
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How would one go about setting up a system with security in mind? [closed]

I run a standard laptop at home (dual-boot Fedora 20 and Windows 7; the Windows side is almost never used). Soon my other computer will be working again; it will have Windows 8.1 and some flavor of ...
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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 ...
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Virtualisation: security on the host side

Virtualised environments are focused on isolating the guest OS. Using the VirtualBox model, the guest might be behind a virtual NAT and/or talk only with other VMs via internal networks, and only ...
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What aspects of a Host OS can be detected from VirtualBox VM? [closed]

What aspects of a Host OS can be detected from VirtualBox VM? Processor and display features are all I can think of. What exactly about them? Any other features of the Host that a user with ...
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SFTP between guest virtual machine and its host

The System I am using Windows 7 host with Cygwin and a virtual machine running Linux. The actual running guest is an Arch Linux ISO. The Objective I want to share files between the Cygwin host and ...
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Untraceability of Virtual Machine [closed]

I'd like to know if it is possible to set a Virtual Machine as a protection against traceability. I would want my traffic to be impossible (or hard) to link to my current computer. I guess that the ...
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Plausible deniability regarding KeepassX files

I recently installed Guest Additions in my Windows 7 Virtual Machine because I could not stand working without widescreen and high resolution. I have read somewhere that this could be a possible ...
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Does a VM keylogger listen to the keyboard activities of the host?

I am running a Windows XP virtual machine on a Windows XP host machine. I use the VM for suspicious websites and software/applications. In the case a kaylogger will be installed on my VM: will this ...
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Replacement for DVL (Damn Vulnerable Linux)?

I've recently spotted that DVL (Damn Vulnerable Linux) has gone inactive. My first question is what happened to cause them to stop releasing it? Secondly, I have found some references to other ...
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How secure is user-mode Linux, in terms of protecting the host system?

Two questions about User-Mode Linux: Suppose that a privilege escalation attack is used to gain root in a UML guest. Assuming modern (3.0 or later) host and guest kernels, is it trivial to escape ...
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Can a malicious user do any harm using /dev/kvm?

I'd like to know if giving access to Intel version of /dev/kvm on Linux to a user that just wants to spawn VMs gives him any extra privileges. That is, are her VMs subject to process scheduling just ...
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VPS Privacy: OpenVZ vs KVM vs Xen

Considering OpenVZ, KVM and Xen: Which VM technology is the most difficult for the host's administrators to access given an encrypted root partition? Can I have a reasonable expectation that rogue ...
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Can a virus on the host affect the VM guest [duplicate]

let me explain my problem. The wifi on my macbook suddenly stopped working so tried to use my usb wifi adapter on a linux VM. But the funny thing is that nothing works on the guest vm either... Well ...
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How can I set up a secure virus laboratory? [duplicate]

I've been playing around with virtual operating systems for some time and began wondering: would it be possible to set up a virus laboratory in a virtual machine? If not, are there other ways that do ...
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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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Using a virtual machine for increased layer of privacy (w/ tor)?

One of my friends told me that running tor in a virtual machine Linux and then passing it through a proxy on the underlying Windows would provide in his words great security. Is this true?
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Can a guest virtual machine be compromised by a virus on the host machine?

All questions ask about the other way round, ie. can a virtual machine compromise the host. But I'm asking can a virus on the host machine compromise the guest virtual machine?
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Is a separate server needed for remotely accesing accounting software?

Wishing you all a great 2014. I hope this is the right section. Basically we have a Dell Poweredge R520 server in our office, and we now want to install some accounting software that can be accessed ...
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How safe is the VirtualBox NAT network adapter option?

I had an Ubuntu VM running and I was using Firefox in it to look at tutorials; then my antivirus detected an attempt to forcefully install a fake Java Upgrader. From what I know about the VirtualBox ...