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#1 Aeioyoo

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Posted 04 October 2015 - 09:31 AM

Hey,
I wanted to test viruses/PUPs/Other dangerous programs on a VM.
 
Which settings do I use on VMWare to allow the virtual machine to access the internet, but not infect my host machine or the other computers on my network
,and are there any other settings I should use so it is safe?
 
Thanks for the help!

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Posted 04 October 2015 - 10:06 AM

You should go here: http://www.kernelmode.info/forum/index.php?sid=9e6116726ecfe0fa606fde83d6581c0c

Many modern malware can detect Virtual Machines & terminate "themselves" to avoid analysis/detection.

 

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Posted 04 October 2015 - 12:03 PM

Just as with anti-virus and anti-malware software, there is no guarantee this type of testing will detect all types of malware threats. If using a virtual machine, not all malware will work in that environment by intention. Malware writers have been able to create malicious files which can detect if it is running in a VM. When detected as such, the malware is able to change its behavior by not running any malicious code which can infect the operating system. This is a deliberate technique to make analysis/detection more difficult for security researchers who use VMs to study infections in order to understand the attack methodology used and develop disinfection solutions. So just because you test a program in a VM and it does not behave maliciously...that does not necessarily mean it is not malicious.
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Posted 04 October 2015 - 12:08 PM

Thanks for the info!

 

I proberbly wont use a VM to test modern malware then. But to make one to just test PUPs and very old xp and dos malware, which settings should I use? 






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