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RE: Programmable USB device that can send keystrokes?
From: "Jerry Gamblin" <Jerry.Gamblin () house mo gov>
Date: Mon, 7 Apr 2008 13:12:33 -0500

I think most people with any engineering/computer background could
easily take something like this device from Thinkgeek and do what he is
wanting to be done. 



Jerry W. Gamblin

-----Original Message-----
From: listbounce () securityfocus com [mailto:listbounce () securityfocus com]
On Behalf Of Wesley McGrew
Sent: Monday, April 07, 2008 11:04 AM
To: Matt Bragano
Cc: security-basics
Subject: Re: Programmable USB device that can send keystrokes?

I'm pretty sure that this isn't what he's asking for.  To the best of  
my understanding, he's looking for something that appears to the host  
as being a USB keyboard, only instrumented to send pre-recorded  
keystrokes.  I don't see why this wouldn't be possible (you could  
probably knock together a not-small prototype with a microcontroller  
and the guts of a USB keyboard), but I'm not aware of any products  
than can be purchased right now.

On Apr 6, 2008, at 11:34 PM, Matt Bragano wrote:

I assume you want to take advantage of the auto-execute property on  
many Windows machines.  Unfortunately, many Windows machines are  
configured to automatically execute a given program when a disc or  
USB stick is inserted even though it isn't the most secure  
behavior.  However, the goal you are describing really isn't  
possible.  Any program that is executed on a given machine must be  
loaded into memory one way or another.  Apart from writing some low  
level assembly, you're likely going to have to employ some other  
system libraries to initiate a mouse movement event in whatever code  
you write.  (Of course, even the assembly code will be 'loaded' on  
the computer, but possibly more discreetly.)  Despite this, auto- 
execute can still be quite useful as a security test.  Write some  
"malicious" code, toss the USB stick in the machine and see what  

Ali, Saqib wrote:
For some security testing, I am looking for a USB device that can  
pre-programmed key strokes when plugged-into the USB port. Any

I want something that doesn't require a software/script to be loaded
on the computer.

Something along the lines of WiebeTech's MouseJiggler <
http://www.wiebetech.com/products/MouseJiggler.php >, where it
justsends the mouse commands without loading any software.

Or maybe a programmable keyboard that can send keystroke as soon as  
is connected, without requiring any software/script to be loaded.
Obviously this device would require a built-in processor and some


Wesley McGrew, MS, GCIH
wesley () mcgrewsecurity com

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