Hardware modification to make a read-only USB stick?

Discussion in 'hardware' started by Gullible Jones, May 20, 2014.

  1. Gullible Jones

    Gullible Jones Registered Member

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    So I want to transfer some tools to a compromised machine, and CDs or DVDs are not an option. Or maybe I want to have a live Windows environment (e.g. BartPE) for running legacy applications, that cannot be persistently compromised. Etc.

    Some USB sticks come with hardware write protect switches. The vast majority don't. However, I have a bunch of electronics tools floating around. :) So, before I start diving into hardware documentation: does anyone know if there's a way to turn a USB stick into a read-only medium? Reversible methods would obviously be preferable, but permanent would suffice.
     
  2. subhrobhandari

    subhrobhandari Registered Member

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    Just set the attributes to make the drive read-only. This and this might be helpful.
     
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  3. Gullible Jones

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    That not inadequate. If it's made RO through software, it can be made RW again by any malicious program running as admin... This is why having physical security is important.
     
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  5. Gullible Jones

    Gullible Jones Registered Member

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    Thank you MrBrian! :D
     
  6. MrBrian

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    You're welcome :).

    I knew your initial post was from awhile ago, but I thought some might find it useful anyway.
     
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