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Experts' Opinions Mixed On VENOM Vulnerability
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DavidH031
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DavidH031,
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5/15/2015 | 11:24:37 AM
HyperV and/or VMware affected?
Can anyone readily address the question of whether or not this affects VMware or HyperV?
PZav
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PZav,
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5/15/2015 | 11:05:42 AM
Why Should It Be Different This Time?
This vulnerability is incredibly serious in my opinion. I spent almost 5 years working for a Xen shop, cloud hosting provider. It's largely taken for granted that no one can escape the VM. However, in these massive server farms, its incredibly difficult to find malicous behavior if this were to be exploited. 

Obviously to the best of our knowledge this was discovered before this vuln got into the hands of the advesary. My concern is that in general we do not do well with 1. patching our systems and 2. limiting access. 

I think the popular thought out there is that anyone running Xen or KVM will somehow avoid the same mistakes we all continue to make. Perhaps that is the case. Everyone seems to be focusing on the fact that technologically this is an easy fix. However, we often forget that the scale of modern infrastructures makes emergency patches a logisitcal nightmare. Plus, its not just cloud hosting providers running Xen and KVM out there.


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