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RE: Any caveats for linux under VMware, pen testing?
From: "Bob Davies" <bdavies () cinnabar ca>
Date: Wed, 8 Sep 2004 15:45:43 -0400

As was stated before, there definitely are issues related to running
wireless under VMWare. Basically, what it does is remap the interface to
a generic ethernet card, so you can bridge through a wireless network,
but you don't get any of the wireless functions in linux.  Something to
consider is to run it the other way around.  To install VMWare for Linux
onto a linux install, and run XP in the VM.  Then you get the best of
both worlds :)

Also, I read some people recommending Knoppix.  I also suggest Auditor
from Moser Informatics (http://www.moser-informatik.ch/) it is the best
security auditing bootable CD I've seen thus far.
Hope that helps
Bob
-----Original Message-----
From: shannon () areawidetech com [mailto:shannon () areawidetech com] 
Sent: Friday, September 03, 2004 7:46 PM
To: pen-test () securityfocus com
Subject: Any caveats for linux under VMware, pen testing?




I'm considering running Linux from my XP pro laptop under a VMWare
(workstation edition) session. Anyone out there w/ experience using this
setup that might have any tips / warnings / encouraging advice? This
machine would be for pen testing, and is definitely beefy enough to
handle the load, if this is a good solution. I'd be running Nessus, and
doing probing w/ nmap.



My other alternative is to repurpose a machine from our lab, but the
physical setup and reloading would take far more time than the VMWare
option, and would obviously be less flexible.



So is anyone out there using this setup...? I heard rumors of problems
related to direct hardware access (the NIC) for wardiving purposes...?



Thanks!



-Shannon Kelley

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