Restrict webcam/microphone access

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Restrict webcam/microphone access

Post by vzgoog » Tue Aug 23, 2011 8:37 pm

Is it possible to deny access to webcam and microphones to sandboxed programs?

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Post by D1G1T@L » Tue Aug 23, 2011 10:14 pm

I think this was mentioned recently. Seems like an esoteric feature outside of Sandboxie's scope. No driveby virus could install permanently on the system or modify anything via mic/webcam, so it doesn't seem of any importance. Seems like a privacy feature, whereas Sandboxie is first and foremost a security app.

Another reason cited is that its very difficult if not impossible to be able to differentiate between legitimate and criminal access to these resources. If you want however, you could use blocked filepaths to the webcam software, thereby making it inaccessible to sandboxed programs.


Post by is_m00nbl00d » Tue Aug 23, 2011 11:18 pm

duck tape... makes wonders... ;D

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Post by tzuk » Wed Aug 24, 2011 8:49 am

The easy approach in my opinion is to open Device Manager, find the webcam device and right-click disable, whenever you want the webcam turned off, and use right-click Enable when you want it back on. This of course applies both inside and outside the sandbox.

The more difficult approach is to look in the Details tab of the device in Device Manager, in the Physical Device Object name property, and add the \Device\XXXXXXX resource that you see, in the Blocked File Access settings in Sandboxie. This block would apply only in the sandbox.

I'm not sure if any of this applies to the microphone.

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