Questions tagged [usb]

an industry standard used for connecting to and powering peripheral devices (keyboards, mice, cameras, printers, external hard drives, etc) from a computer or other USB capable device.

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Deactivate Linux Shell to prevent “blind” login on router

Today I analyzed my home router. I connected a keyboard to the router's USB port, which is usually used for mass storage devices. However, I pressed the key combination to reboot a Linux system from ...
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How can I check for a virus and malware on a USB drive using Ubuntu? [on hold]

If I plug in a USB drive in to an Ubuntu (18) machine, is it possible to get a virus? How can I see if a (Windows, Mac or other) virus is on it? How can I format it to remove any virus?
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Server based pdf signing using etoken from a client browser

I have a requirement where a PDF document is generated on the application server in a web based .Net application and the same is digitally signed and mailed to the recepient. The signing and mail ...
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How to prevent USB Block Policy to be circumvented?

I know that I can disable USB devices using group policy for the computers of my company. What I want to achieve is allow users to use the USB port only for charging their phones, connect their mouse ...
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Requiring hardware key at boot-up on normal laptop

I am sure that a question like this already exists and has probably been answered. I just couldn't find any results (probably due to my inability to word my question correctly). We use laptops at ...
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USB read only permission and antivirus

We would like to block write permissions to USB drives. We will allow user read-only permissions to the USB drive. By doing that, do we still allow the Antivirus to scan the USB drive and delete, if ...
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Are there tangible recommendations for USB drives to be disabled?

I am currently discussing / considering the possibility to disable access to USB drives (USB storage) on Windows machines. There are technical means to do this and I am trying to balance arguments ...
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How to make USB drive read only and write by a password or key or certificate?

I am trying to distribute a software, a simple exe file, that can be executed directly from an USB drive. I would like to make that USB drive read only to avoid any malware infection and accidental ...
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How to prevent BadUSB attacks on Linux desktop?

What can I do to protect my Linux laptop from BadUSB attacks as described by ArsTechnica here? Perhaps writing an appropriate AppArmor profile would help?
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Is it safe to plug my own USB drive into unknown pc?

Is it widely known that in the opposite way (an unknown USB to safe pc) it could be really dangerous. But I can't find any info if is it dangerous to put a drive to other pc. Case: I have my USB ...
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Does connecting an android device via usb to a PC pose a risk if charging is selected?

If an android device has some something malicious on it that can also target/affect PCs. And that device is connected to a PC via USB, by default it automatically chooses to start charging. Is there ...
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Accidentally “trusted” work PC when I connected my iPhone 6 - can my employers still see my pictures after I unplug it?

I just trusted my work PC (Windows 10). I didn't open my iPhone 6 files. I didn't view any pictures and I unplugged it pretty quick after I accidentally trusted it. I was wondering if my employers ...
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Can a wifi usb adapter double as a keylogger?

I've read that there are keylogger hardware and thought that usb wifi adapter are hardwares and wondered if they can be hacked to work as a keylogger. I'm just worried that my usb wifi adapter might ...
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risk from USB-C port on locked laptop

If an attacker has access to the USB-C port on my laptop which is in powered on but at the lock screen, what is the risk that they are able to carry out an evil maid attack? Say I'm in the room but ...
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Recovering data on unallocated space from FAT16 USB drive

I'm actually trying to make my hand around forensic and information security as a whole. To do this, I'm trying to make a lot of CTFs. The last one I got to do is puzzling me, 1st because I have no ...
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How to safely wipe a USB flash drive [duplicate]

I want to wipe all residual data left behind even after a format on a regular 64GB fash drive, the ones someone can scan and recover data. What's the most efficient but quickest way to do this? Any ...
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Is it too late to encrypt my already used USB drive?

I've had my USB for quite a while now. It contains quite a lot of personal information on it. (I know, I'm stupid for not encrypting it before hand). Is it too late to encrypt my drive even if files ...
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How can a user defeat anti-live forensics software?

Let's say I have a computer with full disk encryption which is logged and running, but I suspect it has anti-forensics software (eg. usbkill), which means that I risk compromising the integrity of the ...
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How we can prevent innocent looking USBNinja (USBHarpoon) attacks?

Is there anything we can do across the company to make sure USBNinja and other similar USB cables that looks so real for users can really be mitigated?
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Bluetooth vs USB Mouse Security

I had a question regarding the use of Wireless mice and security. In general which method of using a wireless mouse is considered more secure, using a mouse with a USB dongle, or using a mouse that ...
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How to mitigate the new malicious USB cable USBHarpoon (NOT BadUSB) threat in an enterprise? [duplicate]

In this case, the victims may think they are using a generic USB cable, but the PC will recognize the cable as a Human Interface Device, much like it would a mouse or keyboard, giving the attacker ...
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Are there any known viruses/malware that can infect Ubuntu that come from the USB?

I know that most viruses that can infect the OS from having an infected USB inserted into the PC are mostly Windows only, but is there any possibility that there is one that can affect Ubuntu as well?
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Need to make a USB device look like a keyboard

My company is implementing "BitLocker to Go" encryption to encrypt USB flash drives. However we us Barco USB wireless presentation devices. Each time one is plugged in, Bitlocker wants to encrypt it (...
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Possible to use *only* U2F authentication?

Using a U2F USB authentication key to login to services such as Google seems a good idea. However, these services often allow you to register a backup two-factor-authentication (2FA) method, which you ...
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Force user to remove USB token

I'm looking at setting up secure laptops using BitLocker with pre-boot PIN and startup key. I'm wondering if there is a way to force the user, who is remote, to remove the USB with the startup key ...
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Watching movie from a potentially infected device

I went on holiday with a friend. He filmed and made a movie from our trip. He put the movie on my usb key. I was about to plug this, but realised my friend does not have good security practices, so ...
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How to prevent threats from usb on Linux? [duplicate]

OS: archlinux I'm thinking of logging into a restricted user with mount permissions and examine behavior of the usb. But what if usb has injected hardware that would inject code directly when I ...
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USB Mouse in the meeting room

In our meeting rooms we have at our disposal the necessary material for presentations. HDMI, and mouse etc., lock down to the table (3 digit lock). All the mouse have been removed for security ...
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Persistent Bootable USB with Write Protection?

I am developing a series of extraction scripts (currently python 2.7) for a university project - these tools will be provided on a bootable USB for use by first responders when encountering a suspect ...
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What considerations are there for using USB WiFI adapters and how to protect against them?

Often with older machines, the built-in WiFi adapters have failed. These in turn drive a demand to procure USB WiFi adapters since ethernet connectivity is not a choice. Since the devices will be ...
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Detecting USB-based(Arduino Leonardo) attacks

Can a USB-based atack, e.g., BadUSB, RubberyDucky be detected by observing the output from dmesg? I bought a brand new DFRobot Beetle, which is essentialy a miniaturized Leonardo. A few seconds after ...
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Is all the alarmism around BadUSB really called for with respect to host devices?

I can understand why there was such a furor about BadUSB and indeed it poses a rather earthshaking threat to the base assumptions of many in their cyber security threat models. Things which many of us ...
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How can I safely use potentially infected USB sticks from a previous OS installation?

So I recently upgraded an old MB Pro to Mojave because I was concerned I could've infected it. Now I'm probably overreacting to all of this but since I was using all of my USB sticks in the previous ...
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Can a USB with an infected MBR or GPT harm an OS that reads it?

Assume a USB drive has an MBR or GPT that has malware in it. I already understand that booting from such a USB device would execute the malware as part of the bootloader. If I understand correctly, if ...
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How protect ourselves from USB Firmware viruses? Does Antivirus help?

On Windows (pnd probably other operating systems, I don't know), when you plug in a USB appliance (a flash drive, mouse, etc) Windows automatically runs the "Device installation" and the firmware is ...
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Boot from live usb to avoid being spied on

Suppose the government wants to spy on you using government-designed malware. If you then want to visit sensitive pages on the internet, would it be more secure to use Tor browser within a USB - live ...
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USB Killer Protection

Is there any way to protect computers from the USB vulnerabilities exploited by the likes of USB Killer and other similar attacks? (Protection aside from a strict data protection compliance schemes ...
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How to securely initialize a private key from several parts

This explains a lot about how certificate authorities store their private keys. I read somewhere else that the key is broken down into as much as 20-something parts, and stitched together from those ...
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Malware spreading via installation media

Imagine user downloads and burns installation USB stick on their compromised Linux system. Are there any known malware that is capable of spreading via Linux distributions installation media so that ...
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Is it possible that a usb drive manufactured 3 months ago can have data copied to it that shows the file last modified date before manufacturing date? [closed]

I have some data that needs to be handed to a friend. I don't want to give the original drive (drive-1), so I plan to purchase a drive (drive-copy) and copy data to it. The data copied will still show ...
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Are PS/2 devices a risky piece of hardware for modern point of sale devices to be using?

This question is based off of a TempleOS question here on Super User. The gist is that PS/2 support seems to be disabled from many modern BIOS’es due to a possible security flaw in the protocol. ...
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Is it possible to check if a USB's firmware is unmodified when plugged in?

Let's say I have some USB stick that I know and trust. I can examine the firmware and generate a checksum for it. Can I use this checksem to ensure that when the USB is next plugged in the firmware ...
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Sanitizing a USB HDD in Linux

I want to check that an external USB hard disk drive is free of viruses and malware before connecting it to my primary use computer. I have it in mind to perform the following steps to ensure that ...
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How to prevent a virus from stealing data when I transfer files between offline and online computers?

Let's say I have one offline computer with some important data, and one online computer. Sometimes I need to move files from the offline computer to the online one. When I transfer those files, is ...
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Is there a USB exploit to bypass Windows password login?

I work for a small-medium company doing most of the IT tasks, including systems administration, network administration, and even developing in-house software. Recently, my boss (the CEO) told me that ...
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Reading SD cards on a GPO blocked USB [closed]

Our company has a GPO which blocks USB mass storage devices. The GPO permits Media Transfer Protocol (MTP) connections. Some SD card-based camera devices don't support MTP so they are blocked as they ...
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Risk of connecting found pendrives to USB ports

At work we mostly use Windows 10, but some co-workers doing design work use Macs. Pen-drives lie around and the only way of knowing what's inside, is to stick it into a PC and read the content? How ...
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Can infection effect a phone through it's wireless hotspot, also the usb tethering

If I made a wireless hotspot from my phone and had computers infected with malware connect and use my wireless connection of the phone can any malware from the pc get into the phone? If my phone was ...
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Which encrypted USB stick is the better option? [closed]

I am looking for a hardware encrypted USB stick to carry some important files such as my KeePassXC database, Key files, cryptocurrency wallets, certificates and other stuff with me. There are some ...
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Is it possible to bypass USB access restriction placed by the Active Directory? [closed]

I've been tasked with an onsite engagement to see what I can find from one of their laptops. They have a policy in place to block USB access through the Active Directory, e.g. When you try to access ...