[SOLVED] is VM as safe as RDP ?

rawfiul

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wana try some weirdo .exe

expecting rats and keyloggers

should i try running it on VM or RDP is a must?
 

USAFRet

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yes so i understand that if i use malicious programs in RDP, it has no way to harm my system (using random RDP on the web, not self hosted)

but if i run a VM on my own system, is it encapsulated enough to protect the host system from all the malicious programs in VM ?
"use malicious programs in RDP"

No, it does not work like that.

Remote Desktop Protocol is just the means where you can log onto a different system. It is not a "thing" to run applications.
Anything you run would live on that other system. You're just another user.

A VM can be OK, but some malware can escape the VM to the host system. Especially if you have shared resources. (Drives and folders)
Or, some malware detects that it is in a VM, and shuts itself off. To prevent investigation like this.
 

USAFRet

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A VirtualMachine (VM) and Remote Desktop (RDP) are two very different things.

Remote desktop is used to log onto a different system. Generally, a server.

A VM is a whole "PC", encapsulated in software.
 

rawfiul

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A VirtualMachine (VM) and Remote Desktop (RDP) are two very different things.

Remote desktop is used to log onto a different system. Generally, a server.

A VM is a whole "PC", encapsulated in software.
yes so i understand that if i use malicious programs in RDP, it has no way to harm my system (using random RDP on the web, not self hosted)

but if i run a VM on my own system, is it encapsulated enough to protect the host system from all the malicious programs in VM ?
 

USAFRet

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yes so i understand that if i use malicious programs in RDP, it has no way to harm my system (using random RDP on the web, not self hosted)

but if i run a VM on my own system, is it encapsulated enough to protect the host system from all the malicious programs in VM ?
"use malicious programs in RDP"

No, it does not work like that.

Remote Desktop Protocol is just the means where you can log onto a different system. It is not a "thing" to run applications.
Anything you run would live on that other system. You're just another user.

A VM can be OK, but some malware can escape the VM to the host system. Especially if you have shared resources. (Drives and folders)
Or, some malware detects that it is in a VM, and shuts itself off. To prevent investigation like this.
 

rawfiul

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"use malicious programs in RDP"

No, it does not work like that.

Remote Desktop Protocol is just the means where you can log onto a different system. It is not a "thing" to run applications.
Anything you run would live on that other system. You're just another user.

A VM can be OK, but some malware can escape the VM to the host system. Especially if you have shared resources. (Drives and folders)
Or, some malware detects that it is in a VM, and shuts itself off. To prevent investigation like this.
this is what i wanted to know

thanks a lot
 

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