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Re: Security and dual booting/running in VM Windows and Linux

On 10/04/2010 10:39 AM, Lisi wrote:
I have no metrics myself against which to measure this.  I have Googled, but
have found it difficult to distinguish the FUD and biased/inaccurate
information from the "real" - and reliable - information.  I would be glad of
some opinions from the list.

If I set up a computer to dual boot Windows and Linux (specifically Debian
Lenny) does the fact that Windows is sharing the computer in any way
jeopardise the security of the Linux installation?

Does it make any difference whether they are in separate partitions on the
same disk or on separate HDDs?

Would running Windows in a VM from Linux make the Linux host less secure than
dual booting, or more so?  Would the Linux host in fact be more/less/equally
secure than/as it would be if Windows were not on the box at all?


I think that running Windows inside Linux (VM) is best option.
You can "forbid" Windows through VM to connect to the internet. If I remember correctly you can disable also that guest (Windows) connect to host (Linux).
Running Windows in VM  also save you from rebooting.

Goran Dobosevic
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Registered Linux User #503414

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