I need to plug a cctv style camera via usb on my computer in order to read what it recorded.

In general, how can I protect the computer I plug a usb device into, if I am worried the USB device might contain malicious code (e.g. malicious firmware from the manufacturer itself)?

Note that my question is different from this other one which refers only to usb drives, whereas mine relates to USB devices (camera). Also the context is different (home versus hospital).

  • Do it on a machine you don't care about? (kind of like sheepdip)
    – Arlix
    Commented Aug 24, 2017 at 11:39
  • @SmokeDispenser I think OPs Question is not a duplicate of my Question. I was refering to USB Storage and cleansing ob files on it whereas OPs Question referes to a USB Camera that is not mounted as a Storage Device
    – architekt
    Commented Aug 24, 2017 at 12:23
  • to be clear, the attack vector you want to protect yourself of is a possbly malicous firmeware of said usb camera (as it is not mounted as a storage divice? if not, please clarify where you suspect the malicious code
    – architekt
    Commented Aug 24, 2017 at 12:29
  • Hi Martin, my main concern is indeed of malicious firmware from the usb camera.
    – DevShark
    Commented Aug 24, 2017 at 12:58
  • @DevShark Without RE the device you wouldn't be able to tell.
    – xvk3
    Commented Aug 24, 2017 at 18:07

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If you are really worried that there may be some malware on a removable device than your best bet is probably to run a live linux disk to check the device. This will give you the ability to access / scan any devices without putting your local hard disk at risk.

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