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'Virtual' Vulnerabilities About to Become Reality

5:08 PM

By Kelly Jackson Higgins
Senior Editor, Dark Reading

Hypervisors gone bad. Malware spreading from one virtual machine to another. Virtualization-based rootkits evading detection. Such threats look scary on a PowerPoint slide, but are they worth losing sleep over tonight?

Probably not, experts say. Virtualization is still in its early stages of deployment, so most security threats to virtualized environments are either too futuristic or theoretical for most enterprises to digest. Few virtualization vulnerabilities have been disclosed publicly.

But that doesn't mean you won't lose some sleep down the road, security experts say. (See VMs Create Potential Risks.)

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