Full Virtualisation Programs?

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  1. Someone

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    Hi

    Does stuff like VMWare Workstation, VMWare Player, VirtualBox and Microsoft Virtual PC provide the same level of protection against malware breaking out?

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  2. Huupi

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    VM solutions are mainly used for software development, malware testing and such,so in this sense it would be equal to light virt.Main point with VM solutions is the ability to save Snapshot/sessions,very convenient with testing software.(the legendary option missing in light virt.)
     
  3. Peter2150

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    VMware works pretty hard to keep stuff from breaking out. There are certain things the user can do to help, like not sharing folders between guest and host. I've not seen a breakout with vmware, but when playing with nasties I still shadow the guest.

    I can't speak to other vm machine software.

    Pete
     
  4. Someone

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    ALL of the full virtualisation programs?

    I've heard many people say VMWare is secure, but nobody seems to use the others.

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    wmware has had some security issues in the past with a guest OS having admin rights being able to control the host OS with admin rights. it was patched thou. im sure if there is more exploits like that they will be fixed asap.
    the other problem with malware testing in a VM is that some malware will detect the virtual machine and wont excute.
     
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  6. Huupi

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    For staying safe you dont need VMWare and others,i think the light ones like Returnil,Shadow Defender and Power Shadow should sufficient.One of these in combo with SBIE for restricted Web Access makes for an undefeatable setup. ;)
     
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    And a headache-less one :thumb:
     
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    Tools such as Workstation and MVPC, VirtualBox are a different class to lite.
    VMs are not just for software dev and testing though, just look at the VMWare product line. VMs have a constantly growing role in enterprise, which I see every day in all forms encompassing everything from security to consolidation.
     
  9. Huupi

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    I know,i know but in my reply i had the OP's question in mind. ;)
     
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    Only a small percentage of malware do a vm check.
     
  11. Someone

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    Hi

    Thanks for all the answer. So they all provide good protection?
     
  12. alex_s

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    They provide the best protection possible because they virtualize the whole computer, while other do some set of resources only.
     
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    OK. Thanks.
     
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