Safe way to transfer files from guest to host?

Discussion in 'privacy problems' started by Asus125, Mar 7, 2011.

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  1. Asus125

    Asus125 Registered Member

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    I have been using VMware Player for some time now. I know how one can copy files from guest to host host, but which is the safest way to do it?
     
  2. Nebulus

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    Depends on what you mean by safe... If you think about file integrity, then you could use a checksum to verify that, no matter how you transfer your file. If you think about security, you could use a protocol like SFTP (install a server on guest or host). But if you transfer files from your computer to a VM on the same computer, the second part (about security) should not matter too much.
     
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    I mean by safe that any file which should remain guest cannot escape or make connection to host without my knowledge. For example: flash cookies, malware and etc.

    I think there's currently a three choice to copy the files from the guest: drag and drop, usb-drive, and shared folder.
     
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    Does the shared folder feature use TCP/IP for transfering the file for my host desktop folder? If it uses, can it contaminate my network somehow? I am using NAT in guest and Both OS are windows.
     
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    There is no TCP/IP involved for shared folder (at least for VirtualBox), but having a working network connection on guest when running any kind of "dangerous" experiments inside a VM is not the best idea.
     
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    Nice to know, thanks, Nebulus. I am also running everything in sandboxie (guest) and doesn't try to do anything harmful for the system. I am just trying to think worst case scenario before I act. ;)
     
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