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VBox: protecting VDI images and iSCSI raw devices

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In the default deployment of a VDI, the VDI (or equivalent file) is readable and writeable by the UNIX user running VirtualBox

For people using iSCSI, the iSCSI credentials are stored in a configuration file that is readable by the UNIX user who runs VirtualBox

In both cases, this means that the UNIX user can modify the raw VDI filesystem contents, possibly modifying scripts that would run with root privileges or just breaking the VDI in some way that requires extra support effort.

Is there any way to have the VDI file or settings owned by a system user (e.g. a user called vbox) such that they would only be accessible to the hypervisor and the user can only interact with the VM through the GUI?

posted Sep 1, 2014 by anonymous

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why don't you run it as vbox user, and keep this user private?
access to the virtual machine have no relation with the user running the box

answer Sep 1, 2014 by Anderson
How does that work in practice though? Is there a recommended way to set this up?

Do you mean running the VirtualBox GUI as user vbox with sudo?
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