Sandbox escape is the process of taking advantage of a software vulnerability to escape from a quarantined or secure environment, commonly known as a sandbox.

A malicious actor can use a sandbox escape to launch malicious code on the host network, access confidential information, or cause other damage.

Examples of Sandbox Escape

Developing new viruses is expensive and time-consuming, but it does not guarantee that they will not be detected. Considering that common viruses usually end up in a sandbox, cybercriminals have developed lethal methods to cause damage to a network.

A sandbox limits the code’s capabilities and prevents it from harming the rest of the system. Furthermore, if a hacker’s code ends up in a sandbox, it is efficiently confined. However, hackers may discover techniques for their code to escape the sandbox despite being heavily limited in its operations by exploiting their understanding of the system.

Prevention of Sandbox Escape

Stopping sandbox escapes requires applying better software development techniques, including quickly patching any identified flaws, conducting extensive testing, and writing secure code. Moreover, using several layers of dense and employing some privileges for sandboxed applications may help boost overall system security and prevent code from leaving the sandbox.