I'm just asking if my host machine stays safe when browsing the dark web darknet using Tor on a virtual machine with bridge connection through the host machine ? Since the virtual machine will be using the same RAM with host machine, can a virus inside the VMware RAM affect the host machine? Like send the IP address of the host machine, open a port, open a backdoor etc? Will there be a difference in terms of the security to the host machine if it is either Linux or Windows ?


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There have been attacks hosts with non-ECC ram through their virtual machine. The attackers were able to pass commands to the host computer by manipulating the VM memory.


The same security rules that apply to your host, apply to your VM. Use VPNs and the like to help mask your public IP.

  • Thanks that what I'm looking fore ,so I think the best way is to boot an OS using USB stick and browse safely . Jan 9, 2017 at 19:52
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    A live image of an OS combined with a properly encrypted hard disk will protect your physical system. Tor + a trusted VPN would add more layers of your physical network security.
    – tim_shane
    Jan 9, 2017 at 19:58
  • Thanks yes totally agree with you ,I forgot about the protected hard disk . Jan 9, 2017 at 20:01
  • @tim_shane how can a properly encrypted hard disk protect the physiacl system in this case?
    – cyzczy
    Jan 9, 2017 at 20:29
  • @adam86 Encrypted hard disks are authenticated on boot. So, if you boot to a live CD, you skip that authentication and your volumes remain encrypted.
    – tim_shane
    Jan 9, 2017 at 20:48

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