Questions tagged [sandbox]

A sandbox is a security mechanism for containing and restricting untrusted programs. Such programs could contain malicious code, which would otherwise harm the user's system.

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Is it safer to run executable file (not safe, may contain virus) on VBox

I have a host system (Windows 10) with premium antivirus and running a Windows 7 in Virtualbox with no antivirus. I have installed sandboxie and try to run executable files that may contain virus. Is ...
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What kind of protection does an electron sandbox provide?

How does an electron sandbox work? What kind of protections does it provide? Signal for example now runs by default with --no-sandbox. Should I be taking extra precautions when running signal?
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Security of Virtualbox vs Sandboxie

Can you please explain if Virtualbox or Sandboxie would be a better fit in terms of security of data, malware, etc.? Assume Sandboxie is open source just for this answer because they intend to go ...
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Securely analyze and format a USB flash drive

I need to scan the contents of a USB stick with several antivirus software. I have several ways to do this. Either I mount the key, I scan its contents (I may place the suspicious files in ...
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Windows command bypassing Sandboxie

Using Sandboxie typing net user some_user some_password, on a sandboxed cmd, actually changes the password of the real user. Is this intentional? It is just a default Sandboxie installation running ...
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Disguise System as VM

Malware sometimes uses anti-vm and anti-sandbox behavior to act like harmless software. Wouldn't it be a good prevention strategy to disguise the host machine as a VM so that potential malware would ...
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What's the safest virtualization tool for running unsafe software - VirtualBox vs Windows Sandbox vs Hyper-V

I'd want to ask, what's the safest environment to run potentially unsafe software? I'm aware that this question may be very tricky, because each of those may have its flaws, but generally speaking ...
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If we integrate CDR in our email solution, do we really need Sandbox as well?

In the case of social engineering attack vector is an email sent with a malicious attachment like XSL file, I am not really understanding where we will need Sandbox solution if we can just use CDR (...
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Prevent an application from making any network access on macOS

I want to run an application on macOS, but preventing it from making any type of network access, or any type of internet access. I have seen the following possibilities: Use the built-in firewall. ...
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Running virus from real folder in Sandboxie

What if I download a virus to my real folder but only execute it in Sandboxie, is it less secure that if I download it directly from SB?
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Fake output of CPUID instruction

I am trying to analyze a malware in a virtual machine (linux), but it uses the cpuid output to verify if it is in a virtual machine/sandbox, and refuses to run malign code if inside a virtualized ...
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How to securely run Puppeteer / Chromium in a Docker container?

Attempting to run Puppeteer, a Node library to control a headless Chromium (in order to do things like create a PDF of a website), in Docker is a surprisingly fiddly thing. The problem is that, from ...
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Safest way to open PDFs on Android and iOS?

I was checking out Qubes' way of creating safe PDFs, but unless you use Qubes as a daily driver (and use DispVMs to open PDFs) it's still not viable to just use it to create image-based PDFs if you ...
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How to sandbox students' Python 3 code submissions for automatic assignment evaluation on Windows 10?

I am the TA for a coding class in which students will have to write Python 3 scripts to solve programming problems. An assignment consists of several problems, and for each problem the student is ...
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Will this sandbox my user's javascript from my web IDE properly?

I'm working on an IDE that should run a user's JavaScript in the Browser. I don't want to just eval arbitrary code, especially as code may be shared between users. From here and other sources, I ...
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How much protection does sandbox software provide against malicious .exe?

I need to review a large number of .exe game files. I recently had an incident where I got infected by an .exe that passed all my 'checks': virus scan, Virustotal, reviews, community feedback, ...
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Is there a way to safely run untrusted code on a local machine for a videogame

I want to create a simple videogame engine that can run untrusted custom code in order to add functionality to the game. I thought a about using an akka like concurrent actor system, so that the code ...
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Why might malware make a DNS request for an epoch time converter?

I am analyzing malware and I see that two executables when run in a sandbox made DNS requests for www.epochconverter.com Why would an attacker risk detection by making a network request to ...
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Opt-in a security profile at runtime, without tedious setup

I like lowering my access privilege mid-program (e.g. restrict my program to the current directory and files, disable networking). I imagine this is a pretty common wish. I would like to be able to ...
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Is it possible to securely run user defined python code in AWS?

I would like to create an app that accepts users python scripts and executes them as part of its functionality. What I am wondering is if its possible to block I/O, network and other attack vectors so ...
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What “stability and security will suffer” by using a browser with the --no-sandbox flag?

Starting Brave browser (on linux manjaro) shows a “You are using an unsupported command-line flag: --no-sandbox. Stability and security will suffer.” message. Reading the support forums it seems that ...
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use namespace and cgroups or seccomp to implement online judge?

I'm writting a online judge(support C/C++、GoLang). I want to implement a sandbox by myself. my idea: namespace and cgroups compile user's source code statically run executable file in a complete new ...
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How do HTML5 DRM addons protect their output?

HTML5 has a DRM framework Encrypted Media Extensions (EME), that allows DRM companies to create content decryption modules (CDM) to decrypt DRM protected content. Browsers should use a sandbox to run ...
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Sandboxing untrusted JavaScript execution by redeclaring variables

Some irrelevant background (read only if you want to say "no, just use an iframe") Scenario Suppose that I downloaded a string jsCode containing arbitrary JavaScript code from a (potentially ...
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Can a named pipe with a low integrity label have its SACL/DACL modified by a low integrity process?

If a named pipe on Windows has a Low Mandatory Level label and SYSTEM_MANDATORY_LABEL_NO_WRITE_UP in its SACL, but the DACL has WRITE_DAC and WRITE_OWNER for the current user, can a low integrity ...
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Secure browsing on any device without limiting the browser

The company I work for has around 500 endpoints spread across several different locations, I have been tasked with finding a solution to allow for secure browsing in this situation. Employees depend ...
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Testing malware or bad url's from a SIEM

What would be a good approach for testing malware or bad URL's from things picked up from my SIEM to validate them? I was told to set up a VM for these tests but don't want it to hit the internal ...
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Security risks of using ffmpeg as part of web service

I'm working on a web service that uses ffmpeg on the backend for processing user uploaded media files. I'm giving the users some options to customize how their videos are processed, which is ...
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sandboxing IoCs and signatures

Sandboxes are used for automated extraction of indicators of compromise (IoCs) that can be used to write signatures. Can this signature then be used, for example, on an IPS system to block certain ...
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How can I block access to module for Firefox? (gmail accessing camera)

I run the following command in the background constantly to check for camera access on Ubuntu Linux: lsmod | grep ^uvcvideo I noticed that every time I load into gmail my check is triggering my ...
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If a host is infected is the sandbox environment infected?

Say my host machine is infected and I have a sandbox program. Will that sandbox environment then be infected also? If the answer is yes, what if I have an AV running inside of the sandbox. Will it ...
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Search function in Outlook and attachements

I am wondering how the search function of Outlook is working, especially in regards to researching key words that are presents in emails attachements. Does the Outlook search function opens the files ...
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Lowering Firefox sandbox settings to enable use of Sandboxie

As discussed on the official forum, to use Firefox 60+ with Sandboxie, Firefox's security.sandbox.content.level needs to be lowered to level 2. Now my concern is that the lowered sandbox content ...
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Comparison between Firejail and Apparmor

I'd like to understand how Apparmor and Firejail compare to each other: advantages, pros and cons, purposes, similarities, etc. I might be asking to compare apples with oranges, however I've noticed ...
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How can I sandbox a Wine application on Linux?

I would like to run Microsoft Office programs such as Word but do not trust them, nor should anyone. Without running a virtual machine, is there a good way to sandbox a windows application to run on ...
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What would be reasonable approach for sandboxing new project to be protected against security holes made by chance?

As a regular developer I'm curious about looking at new projects. Let's say today I want to contribute to open source project in Python. This project is on GitHub and I a kind of confident in people ...
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Is there something similar to Firejail for OpenBSD?

On Linux, Firejail (https://firejail.wordpress.com/) offers an easy way to sandbox web browsers and other programs. Is there an easy way to sandbox a web browser on OpenBSD ? (reserve question: is ...
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Java Sandbox Model: ist the ClassLoader sufficient?

I am creating a web application that runs untrusted code written by the user in Java. Of course the code is not supposed to have access to anything I don't want it to, so I wanted to implement the ...
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What's safest way to run WhatsApp? [closed]

For work I have to use WhatsApp. I agree with EFFs concerns about WhatsApp and personal data (harvesting it and shoveling it into Facebook), and perhaps even its security. I thought it would be ...
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Integrate antivirus with a sandbox

When reading the Difference between antivirus and sandbox?, I came up with the idea of how to integrate a sandbox with AV. When the sandbox analyzes the sample and finds that the malware, antivirus ...
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What is the easiest way to sandbox an application in a *NIX environment?

I have a significant number of untrusted binary applications that need to be executed on a *nix box. I'm hoping that there might be some simple command/script (e.g. sandbox ./app1953) that could ...
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What is the point of escaping an interpreter's sandbox?

Assuming that the attacker already has code execution (which is the case of every interpreter sandbox escape exploit I know of), couldn't he just use a function/method (like Runtime.getRuntime().exec()...
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Meltdown and Spectre regarding Firewalls and Sandboxing [duplicate]

I don't deeply understand Meltdown and Spectre -- all I know is that they are basically keylogging-like vulnerabilities within the CPU, which bypass any application layer stuff; correct me if I'm ...
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How do you handle untrusted software installation / runtime?

If you need to install software from a third party and frequently run it on your PC, but you do not trust the software, although antivirus doesn't rise any flags: Is it possible to install software ...
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Is it secure to keep malware in filesystem of VMs?

We are going to install a sandbox solution that requires Ubuntu Server as the underlying OS (the product is not shipped as a ready to install appliance). For performance reasons the malware samples ...
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What potential security issues running sandboxd as root?

I have noticed that MacOS is running its sandbox process under the root user. This implies that any sandboxed process, assuming that it can escape the sandbox, would then have root privileges. Am I ...
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How does a sandbox module know the difference between trusted and untrusted code

What criteria does a sandbox use to determine whether executing code (registry read/write) can be trusted or not ?
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Can hackers compromise a VM to the point that they compromise your host OS? [duplicate]

Recently I was reading up on various security strategies and one that has been around for a while but is starting to gain traction now is working within a VM on your desired OS. If that VM ever gets ...
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Can the Android OS prevent the API calls to system services from being fooled?

Android Application Framework provides a whole bunch of system services, such as PackageManagerService, ActivityManagerSerive. Most of the services are in the System Server process. The framework also ...
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Why do some ransomware executables run on VirtualBox? [closed]

Even though they appears to have anti-VM capabilities? I've downloaded some latest samples of ransomware executables from cerber, locky, and other family of ransomware Why do they still execute in ...