Virtualization Security

More VMware ESX Source Code Posted Online

For the third time this year, VMware ESX source code has been posted online. A hacker known as Stun claiming to be affiliated with Anonymous tweeted a link to a torrent site hosting the stolen VMkernel source code. VMware director of platform security Iain Mulholland acknowledged the breach on Sunday and confirmed the source code, dating from 1998-2004, is related to code posted in April and May.

With the deluge of malware and advanced attacks continuing unabated, security approaches that sandbox applications or isolate processes are garnering increased attention. Researcher Joanna Rutkowska and Invisible Things Lab were the latest to go in that direction with the official release on Tuesday of the Qubes operating system.

In what looks like the IT equivalent of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster, purloined data and documents, including source code belonging to the U.S. software firm VMWare, continue to bubble up from the networks of a variety of compromised Chinese firms, according to “Hardcore Charlie,” an anonymous hacker who has claimed responsibility for the hacks.

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