Mar 12, 2014

Is it safe for malware to run within a VM?

If malware is running in a VM, is the host machine at any risk of infection?

It's probably best to simply avoid it, thus precluding any potential issues. Better safe than sorry. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

I certainly wouldn’t connect to my network while malware is running in VM, but as far as I know there isn’t malware that is capable of migrating from VM to the host. You could make it safer by using a different OS for the VM and host, which will provide an additional roadblock to any malware escaping from VM.

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