Is it possible for a hacker who has entered a honeypot (running in a virtual machine e.g. virtualbox), to attack real computers on a LAN?

  • You don't use a honeypot to attack. Yes you can configure a virtual machine to be in the same subnet of the other machines in the LAN.
    – Ulkoma
    Oct 13, 2014 at 20:43
  • You can certainly use a virtual machine to launch attacks on a LAN, but it would not be a honeypot. A honeypot, by definition, is a machine designed to BE attacked, not a machine designed to attack.
    – tlng05
    Oct 13, 2014 at 20:47
  • Sorry did not write the question properly. Have edited the question to make it clearer
    – Jaryd
    Oct 13, 2014 at 21:07

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Using Does a Virtual Machine stop malware from doing harm? & Breaking out of the virtualization layer as a reference.

It could be possible. It would require a misconfigured VM network, shared access between the host and the VM or some other type of exploit to break out of the VM.

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