Drive Badger: open source platform for covert data exfiltration operations, ranging from small computers to big servers.

1. Too old hardware

Hardware so old, that their BIOS doesn't support booting from USB Storage devices.

Example: Sony Vaio PCG-7V1M / VGN-FE48M (Core 2 T5500).

Solution: most probably, such hardware is so old and slow, that it doesn't run any centrally-managed protections. So you can almost certainly safely exfiltrate data manually from working Windows. Or pull out the internal drive and connect it to another computer, or to Mobile Badger.

2. Booting from USB devices locked at BIOS/UEFI level + BIOS/UEFI password

You can try to open the device and disconnect the internal battery. However in most new computer models, this will only reset the internal clock and some basic settings, while passwords are kept in flash memory (non-volatile).

Additionally, you won't be able to restore the previous settings, so rather don't try this, unless it's a last chance for you. Instead try to pull out the internal drive and connect it to another computer, or to Mobile Badger.

3. Booting from USB devices locked at CPU level

Newer models of Microsoft Surface, that support secured-core PC architecture (eg. model Surface Pro X for Business), are protected against booting anything except pre-installed Windows 10. This mechanism is called Trust Boot.

Another mechanism, called Kernel DMA Protection, protects Windows from connecting M.2 drives (including through USB), that doesn't support DMA Remapping. Such devices won't be started, when connected without logged in user.

More technical details here (in polish language).

Currently we don't offer any solutions for this.

If you want to donate a working (not necessarily new) Surface Pro X to allow us to work on some solution or workaround, please see this page for the details.

4. USB ports physically disabled or damaged

See this page.

5. Windows 10 Home with TPM 2.0 and "drive encryption suspended", unable to obtain the recovery key

See this page.

From the founder...

Being in IT security business for almost 25 years, I realized, that breaking protections (or preventing it) is becoming less and less important. We are not living in Outlook Express times anymore...
The key point is the ability to keep the privileges permanent, once obtained. This becomes more and more difficult, as IT systems get more and more complicated - and this is exactly the goal of Drive Badger project: to give non-ITSEC people the ability to keep either the privileges, or the outcome of the successful break-in.