VirtualBox

Ticket #5679 (new defect)

Opened 4 years ago

Starting VirtualBox breaks USB device on host

Reported by: jpm42 Owned by:
Priority: major Component: USB
Version: VirtualBox 3.1.0 Keywords:
Cc: Guest type: other
Host type: Windows

Description

Windows XP SP3 host with VirtualBox 3.1.0. XP, FreeBSD, and Linux guests (but guest doesn't matter -- see below).

I've got an ActivKey USB security token ( http://www.actividentity.com/products/authenticationdevices/USBTokens/) attached to the host (it appears as a Smart Card to Windows). Simply starting the VirtualBox management application breaks the ActiveKey. No guest VM's need to be started. Software acts as if the ActivKey wasn't plugged in. Removing and reinserting the key makes it work again.

I don't need the guest OS's to access any of my USB devices. I tried disabling USB within the guests, but that didn't help. Then I discovered that I don't even need to start a guest to cause the problem.

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