Ticket #10769 (new defect)

Opened 3 years ago

Last modified 21 months ago

VirtualBox unnecessarily enables USB 2.0 web camera when starting a VM

Reported by: ColdCold Owned by:
Priority: major Component: USB
Version: VirtualBox 4.1.18 Keywords: USB webcam camera
Cc: Guest type: Windows
Host type: Windows


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:

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!

See Tickets #10091, #6489 and #5469.

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.

VBox.log is attached.

Thank you, ColdCold


VBox.log Download (76.7 KB) - added by ColdCold 3 years ago.
VBoxManageOutput.txt Download (3.6 KB) - added by ColdCold 3 years ago.
Output from "VBoxManage showvminfo <VM Name> --details"

Change History

Changed 3 years ago by ColdCold


Changed 3 years ago by ColdCold

Output from "VBoxManage showvminfo <VM Name> --details"

comment:1 Changed 21 months ago by mtompset

I have a similar problem. I, however, tweaked the AUDIO settings (the MS LifeCam Cinema is a composite device) and the web camera did not become noticeably active. I'd like my VM to beep at me, but I don't need to use the microphone or web camera.

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