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Windows 7: Using VMware? Think your VM is safe? You may just want to read this..

22 Aug 2012   #1
Golden

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Using VMware? Think your VM is safe? You may just want to read this..

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Crisis, also known as Morcut, is a rootkit which infects both Windows and Mac OS X machines using a fake Adobe Flash Player installer. Discovered in July, the trojan OSX.Crisis targets Windows and Mac OS users and is able to record Skype conversations, capture traffic from instant messaging, and track websites visited in Firefox or Safari.
However, it has now come to light that the malware can be spread in four different environments -- including virtual machines.
Read more here:
Crisis malware targets virtual machines | ZDNet


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22 Aug 2012   #2
marsmimar

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Interesting article. I don't have much experience with VMs but I was under the impression they act like totally separate computers from the host. Whatever anti-malware steps are taken on the host machine, similar steps should be taken on the VM if running any Windows OS. Is that info wrong?
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22 Aug 2012   #3
Golden

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by marsmimar View Post
Whatever anti-malware steps are taken on the host machine, similar steps should be taken on the VM if running any Windows OS. Is that info wrong?
Nope, you are correct Lee - have an AV solution on both HOST and VM. Its urban myth that a VM does not require an AV (even for Linux-based VM, thanks to the latest cross-platform malware), especially if there is network connectivity between HOST and VM (e.g. you download file in VM, and copy to HOST,or vice-versa)
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22 Aug 2012   #4
marsmimar

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Thanks for the clarification, Colin. My one remaining brain cell has a difficult time keeping up with things.
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