Friday, September 2, 2011

Disable USB in Grub

Now a days USB storage devices are common in the industry. This is very halmful in any unsecured network. Because this devices are considered to be the virus spreading agents. In corporates USB media is prevented because of above said reasons. So here a small tip to prevent USB storage in Linux machines through GRUB.

OS : Debian / Ubuntu

Open the Grub configuration file

#vi /boot/grub/menu.lst

Add "nousb" at the end of the Kernel Line. Like the following

kernel /vmlinuz-2.6.18-128.1.1.el5 ro root=LABEL=/ console=tty0 console=ttyS1,19200n8 nousb

Secure GRUB with a strong Password !!!

#/sbin/shutdown -r now

So nobody can use USB storage unless you allowed to do so.