Yes, but do you have the same control over diskwriting and other permissions?
Can these virual OSes be hardened from SSH and other exploits like a properly set-up Debian or Slackware install can be?
I doubt that...but until I have all the data to peruse I won't rule it out.
I'll just stick with my separate / and /home partitions for now...
What is the biggest advantage to this? I mean, it sounds like you are basically polluting a good Linux kernel by possibly running it in an unsecure environment full of viruses and assorted other malware, not to mention a system afloat in security holes...
Would this be a detriment to XP in any way? After all, the XP OS is fairly easy to comandeer, and an unsecured Linux kernel can be just as shaky from a security standpoint...
Though I might try setting up a virtual Smooth Wall OS to access the Web on an otherwise XP box, then route the XP's TCP connection to see the ports I have filtered but left open in SW...seems like that might be a good use for this sort of thing.
Until then I'll stick to my standalone SW firewall.
Thanks in advance,
FastVFR, The Skeptical Kernelhacker