Security concern

Verde Denim tdldev at
Thu Jun 24 14:02:32 UTC 2010

On Wed, Jun 23, 2010 at 10:33 PM, Ashley Benton <chuaukantli at>wrote:

> 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
> Meg
Whenever I add a drive i have a terminal window open and run dmesg to watch
the drive 'settle down'. I have had drives that I connect to a Linux not
connect.Usually the reason is given in the dmesg output. Have a go at that
the next time (or try the same drive again) and see what you can discover


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