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Re: Virtualization and Security ?
From: "St Clair, Jim" <Jim.StClair () GT COM>
Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2008 12:57:17 -0500

Joel Rosenblatt wrote:
This is what happens when you have too many specialists :-)

That's true, but I would also think there is an segregation of duties
(SoD) issue - depending on your use of virtual servers, do you want the
OS admin to also manage the virtual environment?

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-----Original Message-----

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[mailto:SECURITY () LISTSERV EDUCAUSE EDU] On Behalf Of Joel Rosenblatt
Sent: Tuesday, November 11, 2008 12:48 PM
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Subject: Re: Virtualization and Security ?

Because they didn't have access to the EMX console - they were admins
for the underlying OS only, not the virtualization.

This is what happens when you have too many specialists :-)

Joel

--On Tuesday, November 11, 2008 10:34 AM -0700 Eric Case
<ecase () email arizona edu> wrote:

At 09:40 AM 11/11/2008 -0500, Joel Rosenblatt wrote:
One thing that we ran into was that the administrator of the hosting
system should be able to shut down each virtual machine separately -
we had one virtual machine compromised over a weekend and the only
person available was the admin of the host - so, the whole system
was shut down until we could dig up the admin of the bad virtual
host.

      Why didn't you suspend the compromised machine?
-Eric


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