I'm interested in running Skype on a sandbox. I don't want to use a virtual-machine however, since it's overkill just for a program.
I don't need Skype's video or voice capabilities to work, chat only is ok.
So ya, how do I run Skype in a sandbox?
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In fact, a whole VM just for Skype would be a good sandbox.
The greatest sandbox that you could get is to use another computer.
If you don't want to use any of the methods mentioned, you still have another choice but I wouldn't call it "sandboxed" even when it is a good security step.
If you're running over an admin account, you may consider running it over a less privileged user different than yours. For instance if you create the user
foo, you can start Skype by doing:
sudo -u foo -H skype
By default the user
foo doesn't have access to the X display. To add it run:
You can learn about this and more on this excellent article by Mike Cardwell.
However, everything comes down to your panic level.