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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Questions regarding Bad USB exploit

I own a Netbook and my external DVD Drive is possibly infected with Bad USB. If I install Ubuntu using this infected DVD drive, could my system be taken over during installation process or later when ...
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How to protect against portable applications

There are many portable apps around that could be downloaded and run on local PCs. Usually running of exe could be blocked by using UAC. however, in this case of portable applications, how do I ...
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Protection against Bad USB not working for me

Protection against bad USB as described in this thread by user 10008 in the top voted answer is not working on my PC at the moment. I tried it when trying to install Ubuntu from a Live DVD to a USB ...
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How to check if my usb drives are vulnerable by BAD USB

Mark pointed out that only one chip type is vulnerable to BAD USB, id like to check if mine are, am using only Kingston flash drives here so can you tell me if they are, or if there exists a list ...
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Detecting Hardware keyloggers… elegant solutions?

My company recently discovered a hardware keylogger installed during an routine maintenance procedure. We tried catching the culprit but unfortunately it doesn't seem like we are going to be able to, ...
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Additional options to protect from bad USB devices in ubuntu

In addiition to the solution options in the other threads How to prevent BadUSB attacks on Linux desktop? https://security.stackexchange.com/questions/77072/protecting-against-bad-usb-in-ubuntu i ...
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Onboard Memory of USB HID Devices “hackable”?

I own some mice and keyboards for example my logitech G400 mouse and my razer deathstalker keyboard. Both of those devices have as far as i know built in memories to save DPI settings macros so on ...
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Bad USB and other Exploits of USB Devices

Can every USB device and most of the chips in other hardware be reprogrammed like it works with the Bad USB hack to inject malware into the operating system? For example i got a DVD burner that i ...
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How to create secure portable firefox?

When I need to access our school web portal I need to access it with my certificate (pfx). Since certificate needs to be installed in browser, I'm thinking (out of security reasons) to create a ...
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Moving /boot to USB and Preventing booting from other USB devices (Allow boot from only one USB)

I'm going to move my /boot/ folder to a USB to as a security measure to protect against Full Disk Encryption exploits. My question is, is it possible to only allow boot from USB from a single USB ...
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Risk when attacker has only physical access to a computer's USB port

Attacker has only access to USB port and can either attach a device or pen-drive to a computer, that can be on or off. Imagine a scenario where non-reliable people have access to offices, either ...
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Lock And Unlock Files Using USB Key

I am looking for a way to make a set of files only able to be read when a USB key is plugged into the system. For example, if I have FILE A on my C drive and I try to open it, it will say something ...
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How to identify which storage USB device is BadUSB-free at store?

Are there certain things I can look for when buying a new external hard drive or flash drives to ensure that the one I purchase does not contain BadUSB? Would popular commercial brands, such as ...
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Can a physical attacker compromise a Windows machine with UEFI, secure boot and bitlocker?

Machines such as the MS Surface Pro 3 comes with bitlocker encryption and UEFI secure boot out of the box. However, the default boot order is network -> usb -> ssd. If an attacker gets physical ...
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Securely erasing USB flash drives from a bootable media

My question refers to securely erasing viruses from the usb flash drives, including the MBR, in case there is one. I was thinking of booting with Linux from a closed CD-R (a cd rather than USB flash ...
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How secure are encrypted USB sticks really? [closed]

So I have read some articles (this being one https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2010/01/05/flash-drive-manufacturers-warn-hackers-decrypt-secure-usb-sticks/) that point out some flaws with certain ...
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Floppy disk partition showed up when USB Flash drive inserted

For one of my course's midterm lab portion, the professor provided us flash drives to put our project in. Everyone had their named labeled on one, so she gave me the last one left out, which had a ...
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Can the BadUSB exploit be prevented?

Recently I read a few things about the BadUSB exploit, for example: http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/07/this-thumbdrive-hacks-computers-badusb-exploit-makes-devices-turn-evil/ My understanding ...
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Is it possible to USB whitelist in Linux?

After watching Black Hat's presentation on the fundamental problems with USB "security", I'm wondering if there's a way to do USB whitelisting in Linux. Is there currently a mechanism that will allow ...
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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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How difficult is the USB firmware attack? [closed]

Not really new but it's all over the news right now. You can hack a USB firmware to run an attack by emulating a keyboard. I wonder how difficult it is create an USB thumb that emulates a keyboard. ...
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Can the USB standard be altered to prevent the “firmware attack”? [duplicate]

Wired, and others are reporting on a research paper by Karsten Nohl and Jakob Lell. The paper apparently shows how any USB device (not just memory sticks) can be infected with malware at the firmware ...
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Anti-sniffer for USB [closed]

I'm looking for a Windows utility that can list all drivers, driver-filters, services, sniffers and other information for a selected USB port. I want to check if my "USB connection" is confidential.
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Can a connected USB device read all data from the USB bus?

Is it possible for a (malicious) (hardware) USB device to access all the data that is transferred through the USB bus and then read/store this information, essentially sniffing all transferred data? ...