[tor-talk] Benefits of Running TBB in a VM?

Bobby Brewster bobbybrewster203 at yahoo.com
Wed Jul 2 17:02:58 UTC 2014

What are the benefits of running TBB in a VM? 

AIUI, there are two advantages.

1.	If malware infects the VM, then just the VM is compromised. If your Windows/Mac/Linux system is infected, then your entire system is affected (yes, I realise that it should be only the user account for Linux unless you are root).

2.	If your system is comprimised, your real IP cannot be discerned.  For example, in my non-VM Ubuntu machine, my wlan0 IP is listed as However, on my NAT'd VirtualBox Ubuntu, there is no wlan0, only eth1. This gives an IP of which is obviously not the IP assigned by my ISP. 

Does this make sense?  Are there other benefits?  Any disadvantages?  Thanks. 

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