How to access Windows drives from 18.04 within a VMware guest?

I have not found a solution to this though there appear to be many similar Q’s.

I have a Windows 10 host. I have created a ubuntu 18.04 LTS guest inside a VMware workstation 15 player. The installation used Easy Install (by default and I left it as such) which I understand installs the necessary vmware tools.

I have enabled shared folders within vmware workstation player to provide access to the desired Windows folders.

However, the Windows folders are not visible to me within the ubuntu guest – neither as an ordinary user nor as root (I’ve enabled the root user password).

I have successfully done this previously but with a Slackware guest. I’m new to Ubuntu and am assuming there is something with Ubuntu that I have not understood or done.

Any help or advice would be appreciated.

Thanks.

Kevin.

Help with malware on removable drives

Here’s the situation. So, I was recently the victim of a drive-by download. The first thing I did was shut off my laptop, thinking that would stop it. When I turned it back on, there was a suspicious looking .tmp file in my downloads folder, and a couple more in JumpListIcons. Then, like a complete buffoon, I plugged in my external hard drive and SD card and decided to back up my files. Now, of course, I have no idea whether or not the dang things are infected.

After I backed everything up, I took the laptop off the Internet, turned it off, and haven’t really used it since (save for maybe an hour or so later that day to look at a site. I turned the Internet off again after, of course). As such, I wasn’t able to locate any new .exe files anywhere, as I didn’t give myself the time. Anyway, though, I know next to nothing about computers, so I wouldn’t know where to look, anyway.

So, what I’m wondering is:

-How do I safely check whether or not the card and drive are infected?

-What types of malware, if any, are capable of getting into things like pictures, videos, music, .html files, docx files, and .swf files? I know ransomware can target anything and everything it finds, but what about other types?

-Can malicious code hide in the card & drive themselves without even needing to infect a file?

-Should I even risk restoring this stuff if I really think it’s infected? How should I go about doing it if I decide to?

-Lastly, I was wondering how malware interacts with program-specific file types, like .psd or .sai. I draw a lot, so I’d like to try and save that stuff if I can.

Also, potentially important to note is that I don’t really care what happens to the laptop. I was gonna buy a new one anyway. I’m just concerned about my stuff, is all.

Bios stopped recognizing any drives after trying to install Ubuntu from usb drive

I tried installing Ubuntu (dual-boot with Windows 10) from my USB drive but I got the error “No EFI system partition was found, the system will likely not be able to boot successfully and the installation may fail” I closed the installer and reboot my computer to find that none of my drives are being recognized by the bios. When I went back to Ubuntu on my USB (apparently it can recognize the USB and nothing else) all the drives were recognized and there was nothing wrong with them. I have no clue what could be going on here.

Epson XP-245 can’t found any drives and even don’t print

I just bought an Epson printer XP-245 I tried with the normal setup connecting wireless but it not printing or scanning. I searched too but nothing worked for me. My system is a hp laptop db1015na with Ryzen 5 3500U and running Ubuntu 10.04.03. I found a way round using the e-mail system and with my smartphone but I still like to print and scan without jumping hopes

Thanks in advance

Are my hard drives encrypted?

New to Ubuntu Server, please forgive my ignorance.

When I installed Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS Alternative. I selected “Guided – use entire disk and set up encrypted LVM”.

I now am adding two hard drives with RAID 1 configuration. Will these be encrypted by default or will I have to use LVM to encrypt them?

If I need to encrypt them, does anyone know of a good guide. I’ve been searching all over the web but only see guides for old versions.

Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks!

Can’t find HDD drives after extend partition of Ubuntu on SSD

I have a micro server, with one SSD and two HDDs. There are windows and Ubuntu on SSD. After the partition of Ubuntu is full, I tried to extend it. Using a live-usb Ubuntu system and GParted, I erase the Windows system and extend the partition of Ubuntu. After that, I manager to boot into Ubuntu but I can’t find my two HDD drives. I have tried sudo fdisk -l and lsblk, only /dev/sda is shown in the result. sda is my SSD driver. Then I reboot and enter into grub command line. I tried ls there, the result is as follows: grub_screenshot As you can see, there are three drivers: hd0,hd1 is my HDD, hd2 is my SSD. But after I enter into the Ubuntu system, I still can’t find hd0 and hd1. Any thoughts about what’s to do next? Thanks!

Can’t find HDD drives after extend partition of Ubuntu on SSD

I have a micro server, with one SSD and two HDDs. There are windows and Ubuntu on SSD. After the partition of Ubuntu is full, I tried to extend it. Using a live-usb Ubuntu system and GParted, I erase the Windows system and extend the partition of Ubuntu. After that, I manager to boot into Ubuntu but I can’t find my two HDD drives. I have tried sudo fdisk -l and lsblk, only /dev/sda is shown in the result. sda is my SSD driver. Then I reboot and enter into grub command line. I tried ls there, the result is as follows: grub_screenshot As you can see, there are three drivers: hd0,hd1 is my HDD, hd2 is my SSD. But after I enter into the Ubuntu system, I still can’t find hd0 and hd1. Any thoughts about what’s to do next? Thanks!

Are there tangible recommendations for USB drives to be disabled?

I am currently discussing / considering the possibility to disable access to USB drives (USB storage) on Windows machines.

There are technical means to do this and I am trying to balance arguments in the threat scenario.

PRO removal of USB drives

  • ability to bring in malware (no malicious intent from user)
  • ability to bring in malware (malicious intent from user)
  • ability to offload data
  • loss of unencrypted drive → potential loss of data

CON removal of USB drives

  • none (from the perspective of security)
  • plenty (from the business perspective: exchange of data with customers, offloading of large files)
  • the attack can come from BadUsb (this is not a real “CON”, rather the fact that USB drives do not cover the whole threat spectrum)

There are also counter-arguments for the PRO section:

  • the “ability” part is not limited to USB drives, the data/virus transfer can be done though virtual means (virtual disks, email, …)
  • the “not encrypted” problem can be solved by requesting that connected drives are forcefully encrypted

My question: are there tangible recommendations for USB drives to be disabled?

Tangible here means either “standards based” (common sense optional), or “common sense”.

Tool to objectively test performance various external drives on my Mac via USB & Thunderbolt

I would to test the relative performance of various external storage devices:

  • Thumb drive
    • Samsung MUF-256AB/AM FIT Plus 256GB – 300MB/s USB 3.1 Flash Drive (256 gigs)
  • Spinning metal drive
    • Toshiba Canvio Advance 1TB Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0, Blue (HDTC910XL3AA)
  • NVMe M.2 solid-state storage adapter
    • EXMTE M.2 NVME USB 3.1 Adapter M-Key M.2 NGFF NVME to USB Card High Performance 10 Gbps USB 3.1 Gen 2 Bridge Chip
    • Samsung 970 EVO Plus Series – 250GB PCIe NVMe – M.2 Internal SSD (MZ-V7S250B/AM)

I do not care about free-of-cost or not, I’d be okay with paying a fee.

I understand benchmarking tools are always biased and unrealistic as compared to real-world usage. Nevertheless, I would like to get an objective sense of the reading and writing throughput on these devices. In particular I would like to see if the NMMe M.2 can saturate the USB 3.0 port on my MacBook and the USB 3.1 port on my Mac mini.

Testing on:

  • MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Late 2013)
  • Mac mini 2018

I found a couple similar Questions (here & here), but they are 7-8 years old. I imagine things may have changed, now in 2019.