Put a VM Server in the DMZ?

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  1. Videodrome

    Videodrome Active Member

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    I just want to try some ideas. Basically, I want to experiment with phpBB forum software by running it on a virtual machine. I would like to "expose" it to the internet just to test it. If I like what I see, I might rent some server space.


    I'm just wondering if playing with the DMZ in this way is a security risk to my Host computer or my home network.
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  2. grim76

    grim76 Active Member Staff Writer

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    Exposing anything is always a risk.

    In this case what is your definition of a DMZ? People view DMZ as different things.
  3. Richard Rodriguez

    Richard Rodriguez Member

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    he probably mean Demilitarized Zone, in his router
  4. grim76

    grim76 Active Member Staff Writer

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    I understand to some people that means putting an entire host on the internet. Some that means a small network that only has pin holes opened up for the applications that are necessary.
  5. Videodrome

    Videodrome Active Member

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    What I had in mind was to test an Ubuntu Server in VirtualBox. I was going to try installing different services on it like Wordpress, phpBB, or maybe even a BBS.

    I figured to give it a trial run on the internet, I could access the Router and add it's IPaddress or MAC address to the DMZ. It would lack a domain, but maybe I could just confirm it's IPaddress on the internet and type that into the address bar to find it.
  6. DevynCJohnson

    DevynCJohnson Well-Known Member Staff Member Staff Writer

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    Using a virtual machine is generally a safe approach.
  7. grim76

    grim76 Active Member Staff Writer

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    That should not be a problem. I would just make sure to have iptables setup since most home router DMZs are wide open when you put a machine in them.
  8. Videodrome

    Videodrome Active Member

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    Oh yeah... A new webserver shoved on to the Internet is like fresh meat in shark infested waters.

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