Ticket #10769 (new defect)
VirtualBox unnecessarily enables USB 2.0 web camera when starting a VM
|Reported by:||ColdCold||Owned by:|
|Version:||VirtualBox 4.1.18||Keywords:||USB webcam camera|
Even with all USB functionality disabled in VirtualBox settings, upon start-up of a VM, my webcam turns on (activity LED lights up). I do not want to use the webcam in the VM and even if the issue is benign and harmless, it still *feels* like I am being spied on. Having the camera on feels like a security breach. Incidentally, the camera is still available to the host.
Please see this forum thread for complete details: https://forums.virtualbox.org/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=40682
The following three tickets appear to be the same issue... I am re-posting the issue again in order to get some attention, because the other three tickets are still open issues and the oldest one goes back three years!
I am using a USB 2.0 Microsoft "LifeCam Cinema" camera, but looking at the other tickets, it doesn't appear that the type of camera matters. I am using a Win7 x64 guest but it looks like some of the other tickets are running Linux guests and they're having the same problem. The only common thread I see is that they are all Windows hosts.
Again, please look at the forum posts for output from "VBoxManage showvminfo <VM Name> --details" as well as several screen shots. https://forums.virtualbox.org/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=40682
VBox.log is attached.
Thank you, ColdCold