2.8 Disable Removable Volume Manager - smserver


The HAL-aware removable volume manager in the Solaris 11 OS automatically mounts external devices for users whenever the device is attached to the system. These devices include CD-R, CD-RW, floppies, DVD, USB and 1394 mass storage devices. See the rmvolmgr(1M) manual page for more details.

Allowing users to mount and access data from removable media devices makes it easier for malicious programs and data to be imported onto the network. It also introduces the risk that sensitive data may be transferred off the system without a log record. By adding rmvolmgr to the .xinitrc file, user-isolated instances of rmvolmgr can be run via a session startup script. In such cases, the rmvolmgr instance will not allow management of volumes that belong to other than the owner of the startup script. When a user logs onto the workstation console (/dev/console), any instance of user-initiated rmvolmgr will only own locally connected devices, such as CD-ROMs or flash memory hardware, locally connected to USB or FireWire ports.


To disable this service, run the following commands:
# svcadm disable svc:/system/filesystem/rmvolmgr
# svcadm disable svc:/network/rpc/smserver

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