I'm fairly new in Linux, looking for a solution to entirely ban kernel module to load.

I know how to unload module but need to prevent it before module loads on boot.

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    it doesn't called process until it run. so do you mean you want to prevent running a script or service ? – Wissam Roujoulah Jan 9 '17 at 8:24
  • chmod -x /path/to/program – Ipor Sircer Jan 9 '17 at 8:26
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    What kind of process are you talking of? How is it started? Why not simply deinstalling that service? – michas Jan 9 '17 at 8:31
  • sorry my mistake, not a process but the modules to ban , there are some modules running on my new Linux box coming from a hosting provider, which I do not want to run. Presumably they are running cause some not needed hardware pieces are present, and do not really want to alter the kernel to remove them... – user209395 Jan 9 '17 at 8:38
  • Do you mean modules (as in the title), or processes (as in the body)? – Michael Homer Jan 9 '17 at 8:40

Check the module name first:

lsmod | less

Then let say loaded module name is my_proc_to_ban

go and create a script such as :

install my_proc_to_ban /bin/false
' >> /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf

That will prevent to boot or run your module

or as in your case, server is yours and no one going to load the module you can simply:

echo '
blacklist my_proc_to_ban
' >> /etc/modprobe.d/my_proc_to_ban.conf

That will prevent your module to load on boot, but you still be able to load it if needed on some stage.

  • lsmod | less is not going to get you process names. Did you want some invocation of ps(1)? – phg Jan 9 '17 at 8:29
  • On the assumption that the question actually is about kernel modules, this is a valid answer, but a little explanation of what's going on would improve it. – Michael Homer Jan 9 '17 at 8:43

A way to be sure is to remove or move the module from /lib/modules

You may also use /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf

On kernel command line you may add




source : https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/kernel_modules#Blacklisting

Depending on which distribution you use : debian (and derivatives) may build a initrd which embeds modules that the script thinks are mandatory to boot the the system.

So you may have to rebuild the initrd image by running "update-initramfs -u".