Can VMWARE be used to gain admin rights ?

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Desktop administration
VMware
VMware administration
Windows XP
Hello Guys, The issue I would like to hear your comments on the question below - I am not having ADMIN access on my operating system (Windows XP Professional service pack 3) and it is not allowing me to use the USB drive which I need to use. IThis is blocked at the server level and doesn't allow me to change the registry key values. If I install VMWARE on my PC I will have admin rights on the OS installed and can change the registry key values. Is this correct ? According to my understanding the Pen drive can be enabled then. Your comments are invited.
ASKED: May 14, 2009  7:53 PM
UPDATED: May 23, 2009  5:07 AM

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First of all you are trying to get around security rules that are probably in place for good reasons. Secondly even if you are able to get the virtual machine up and running and by default that OS will be able to see the thumb drive it still will not work because the original operating system restricts it and the new os will not see the drive.

just to add in agreement, you can only see through your original software into the VMware software so if you cant see it on the physical box it still will not see it on the virtual one. if you have been locked down in the case of USB use can you still install software such as workstation anyway or is that part of your sec policy as well which will not allow you to install the virtualisation software?

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  • alessandro.panzetta
    If your IT department set the policy to disallow USB pendrives you should stop finding ways to bypass this policy otherwise you could break some corporate policies.
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  • Rahul Shrivastava
    Sir, its me who is applying the policy and is responsible for securing the environment. All I am trying to do is to test it before a malicious person tries it.
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  • PCJunkie
    Can't you DENY software install on client?
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  • Rahul Shrivastava
    PCJunkie, Can you explain how this can be used in this case?
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  • PCJunkie
    Rahul I am not quite certain I understand exactly what it is you are working with. From what it sounds like is you have a client PC running Windows XP and the admin has restricted USB access on the client for those that are not local admins. What version of VMWare are you installing on the Windows XP machine? Does the VMWare install as a WIN32 App? Or does it install after POST on the bootup?
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