"pcnerd" <pcnerd@xxxxxx> wrote:
> I recently got the Antivirus XP 2008 virus on my PC. I had
> to reformat the drive & reinstall XP Pro.
> It got me thinking. If one uses Virtual PC or VMWare or some
> virtual OS software & the virtual OS is infected, can the host OS
> also get infected? Can the virtual OS get infected?
A virtual OS can attract an infection just like any other OS. If the virtual
OS has access to the host OS's drive(s), and not just the virtual drive(s),
then theoretically the host OS could also get infected.
Security companies are aware of this way of bypassing a (host) OS's security
measures though, so I would not loose any sleep over it. A good firewall
will prevent an attacker from succeeding with this kind of tactics.