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Proxmark3 vs. udev


In the summer, I successfully made my Proxmark3 work by working around every symptom of bit rot that made it impossible to run in a recent environment. One bit that survived the aforementioned effect was the single udev entry that solved the controversy of the principle of least privilege and the need of raw USB access. As the official HOWTO mentioned, putting the following line into the udev configuration (/etc/udev/rules.d/026-proxmark.rules on Debian) ensured that the Proxmark3 USB device node will be accessible by any user in the dnet group.

SYSFS{idVendor}=="9ac4", SYSFS{idProduct}=="4b8f", MODE="0660", GROUP="dnet"

However, the SYSFS{} notation became obsolete in newer udev releases, and at first, I followed the instincts of a real programmer by disregarding a mere warning. But with a recent udev upgrade, complete removal of support for the obsolete notation came, so I had to face messages like the following on every boot.

unknown key 'SYSFS{idVendor}' in /etc/udev/rules.d/026-proxmark.rules:1
invalid rule '/etc/udev/rules.d/026-proxmark.rules:1'

The solution is detailed on many websites, including the blogpost of jpichon, who also met the issue in a Debian vs. custom hardware situation. The line in the udev configuration has to be changed to something like the following.

SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="9ac4", ATTR{idProduct}=="4b8f", MODE="0660", GROUP="dnet"


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