Wednesday, December 29, 2010

How to disable USB Storage Devices on RHEL 5 ?

How to disable USB Storage Devices on RHEL 5 ?

The USB storage drive automatically detects USB flash or hard drives. You can easily force and disable USB storage devices under any Linux distribution. The modprobe program used for automatic kernel module loading and can be configured to not load the USB storage driver upon demand. This will prevent the modprobe program from loading the usb-storage module, but will not prevent root (or another program) from using the insmod program to load the module manually.

There are total three ways to do it,

1. Type the following command:
# echo 'install usb-storage : ' >> /etc/modprobe.conf

   You can also remove USB Storage driver, enter:
# ls /lib/modules/$(uname -r)/kernel/drivers/usb/storage/usb-storage.ko
# mv /lib/modules/$(uname -r)/kernel/drivers/usb/storage/usb-storage.ko /root

2. Disable by BIOS

   Disable USB from system BIOS configuration option. Make sure BIOS is password protected.

3. By Grub option

   You can get rid of all USB devices by disabling kernel support for USB via GRUB. Open grub.conf or menu.lst (Under Debian / Ubuntu Linux) and append "nousb" to the kernel line as follows:

   kernel /vmlinuz-2.6.18-128.1.1.el5 ro root=LABEL=/ console=tty0 console=ttyS1,19200n8 nousb
   Save and close the file. Once done just reboot the system:

        # reboot

_Enjoy  :)

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