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Run Linux on USB Flash Drives

SLAX is a mini Linux operating system which fits onto a USB flash drive and runs directly from it without installation. It’s fast and beautiful. This nicely refined compilation is based on Slackware Linux and is packaged up in a little zip file specifically made for use on a USB flash drive. Make the jump […]

USB Enumeration Fingerprint

Does the title of this article even make sense? Yes, but not to most. USB enumeration is the process a host computer goes through to identify the type of USB device connected and what the operating system should do with the newly detected device. Fingerprint would simply imply the different steps a computer operating system […]

What is Fuzzing and How Did It Find 26 USB Bugs?

Fuzzing is a method of testing with automated software which provides invalid, unexpected, and random data as inputs to a computer program. The testing program then monitors for crashes, assertions and potential memory leaks. A research team based from Purdue University came up with USBFuzz, which pushes enormous amounts of random data through the USB […]

Three Options For Recycling Flash Drives

The last two decades have ushered in an enormous number of electronics. Prices get lower, users upgrade, society reapes the benefits of these advancements. This explosive growth in electronics has led to an escalating burst for EOL (end-of-life) electronics and e-waste. When electronic devices are left in traditional landfills toxic materials can be released into […]

USB Two Factor Authentication Dongle

Yubico YubiKey 4 appears to be an excellent device for a two-factor authentication solution. Two factor authentication means you need two things before gaining access. In this case, one piece of information is your password and the other piece is your finger print. If you are using a password manager right now, (ie. Last Pass, […]

The World’s Largest Capacity USB Flash Drive

Kingston Technology announced last week that it is shipping the most the world’s largest capacity USB drive from DataTraveler. Their Ultimate GT offers up to 2TB of storage and USB 3.1 Gen 1 (USB 3.0) performance. Tech enthusiasts and professional users with high-capacity storage needs will have the ability to store immense amounts of data […]

Breathe New Life Into an Old Computer

Rasberry Pi’s Pixel is a lightweight operating system released by the foundation behind the affordable $35 Rasberry Pi computer and it is now available for PC or Mac users who want to renew their old hardware! The Linux-based OS comes as a downloadable image you can either burn to a DVD or load onto a […]

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