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Open Source USB Port Security Software

Aitrus 2,451 1,095 March 18, 2016 at 09:54 AM
Looking for something open source, home based, similar to symantecs old PGP protection.

Is there any free based, open source, usb port security. The type that lets you plug in a peripheral, but blocks read write access from storage devices plugged in.

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You can make it so an admin password is required to add hardware.

This may still work: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/823732
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You can make it so an admin password is required to add hardware.

This may still work: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/823732
I saw that but wasn't sure it'd meet my needs. Need to be able to plug in mouse, keyboard, printer, but block all storage media only. That article sounds like it disables usb all the way but I could be reading it wrong. I'll take a deeper look into it and do some testing. Thanks
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I saw that but wasn't sure it'd meet my needs. Need to be able to plug in mouse, keyboard, printer, but block all storage media only. That article sounds like it disables usb all the way but I could be reading it wrong. I'll take a deeper look into it and do some testing. Thanks
Read it again: "To prevent users from connecting to USB storage devices, use one or more of the following procedures, as appropriate for your situation." Smilie
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I saw that but wasn't sure it'd meet my needs. Need to be able to plug in mouse, keyboard, printer, but block all storage media only. That article sounds like it disables usb all the way but I could be reading it wrong. I'll take a deeper look into it and do some testing. Thanks
it's gotten easier to just do it from group policy as boboli suggested.. You can also make an admin password required to add any usb device.
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Curious why you would want to do this at home. I understand a corporate or industrial environment but at home presumably you would use these things and or know before you plug in?
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Curious why you would want to do this at home. I understand a corporate or industrial environment but at home presumably you would use these things and or know before you plug in?
For you sir, I will answer this. We have the benefit in IT here of taking new devices home, offsite for testing purposes before we consider implementing them into our environment. We wind up keeping most of these devices per allowance. Because we are doing it this way, it is off domain, can't be managed by current security software because of the disconnect.

Because it is still work related, I'd like the same level of security and assurance that if it were to be stolen, there would be no concerns. Hope that makes sense. I'd rather not personally dish out $ to secure it if there is an open source alternative.

This is not company related due to the nature of laws/restrictions.
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For you sir, I will answer this. We have the benefit in IT here of taking new devices home, offsite for testing purposes before we consider implementing them into our environment. We wind up keeping most of these devices per allowance. Because we are doing it this way, it is off domain, can't be managed by current security software because of the disconnect.

Because it is still work related, I'd like the same level of security and assurance that if it were to be stolen, there would be no concerns. Hope that makes sense. I'd rather not personally dish out $ to secure it if there is an open source alternative.

This is not company related due to the nature of laws/restrictions.
You can still accomplish disabling USB for storage devices in the registry. It's an official and supported way vs a 3rd party app.
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You can still accomplish disabling USB for storage devices in the registry. It's an official and supported way vs a 3rd party app.
I'll give it a shot. I'd pref this over having a software for just this task.
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