Security concern

Ashley Benton chuaukantli at
Thu Jun 24 02:33:59 UTC 2010

On Wed, Jun 23, 2010 at 6:42 PM, NoOp <glgxg at> wrote:

> On 06/23/2010 04:30 PM, Ashley Benton wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > I plugged an external hard drive into Ubuntu 9:10 and it didn't se it.
> The
> > hard drive seemed to  be working but Ubuntu didn't see it.
> > The owner told me that it was fat32 and working with Windows. My question
> is
> > why Ubuntu didn't see the hard drive and could the hard drive do
> something
> > (download files on the computer, install something or download files from
> > the computer...)
> > I checked the kernel log, sys log, debug log, daemon log and user log and
> > didn't see anything concerning the hard drive.
> ...
> Why would you expect this to be a security concern?

That is certainly nothing but it made me wonder what I missed. Security
concern because I am wondering if the drive was actually working without my
knowledge or why it didn't work.

> Have you checked in gparted, lshw or similar to see if the drive is
> available? Did you mention how the external drive is connected (usb,
> etc)? Come on Meg, you've been around Ubuntu/linux long enough to check
> the obvious first.
Sorry I didn't try gparted or lshw or similar. The drive was plugged by usb
for about 2 minutes, I tried to watch in media and my computer when it
didn't appear by itself. I checked the logs after but there is no entry
about it. I didn't know the person and couldn't take too much time looking
at why so to simplify we used a usb key which worked without trouble.
I'll try gparted and lshw next time it happens. Thanks for the answer


> --
> ubuntu-users mailing list
> ubuntu-users at
> Modify settings or unsubscribe at:
-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
URL: <>

More information about the ubuntu-users mailing list