modprobe: ERROR: could not insert 'vboxdrv': Operation not permitted

modprobe: ERROR: could not insert ‘vboxdrv’: Operation not permitted

In this blog, we are going the solve the Error: modprobe: ERROR: could not insert ‘vboxdrv’: Operation not permitted. This error comes when we run the command sudo modprobe vboxdrv.

modprobe: ERROR: could not insert 'vboxdrv': Operation not permitted

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The issue is that the vboxdrv module is not signed and therefore does not load with the kernel. This will occur if your computer has the SecureBoot mode enabled, which is quite common on current equipment. Follow the below step to Solve modprobe: ERROR: could not insert 'vboxdrv': Operation not permitted.

Steps to Solve modprobe: ERROR: could not insert ‘vboxdrv’: Operation not permitted:

1. Install the mokutil package to be able to do signed. So Open the Terminal and first update and upgrade your system.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

Now install the mokutil package by using the command given below.

sudo apt-get install mokutil

modprobe vboxdrv Operation not permitted

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2. Generate the signature file by using the command:

openssl req -new -x509 -newkey rsa:2048 -keyout MOK.priv -outform DER -out MOK.der -nodes -days 36500 -subj "/CN=VirtualBox/"

3. Then add it to the kernel:

sudo /usr/src/linux-headers-$(uname -r)/scripts/sign-file sha256 ./MOK.priv ./MOK.der $(modinfo -n vboxdrv)

modprobe vboxdrv Operation not permitted.

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4. Register it for the Secure Boot.

IMPORTANT! That will ask you for a password. Put the one you want. Then, you will only have to use it once in the next reboot.

sudo mokutil --import MOK.der

5. Finally, restart the computer. A blue screen will appear with a keyboard wait, press the key that asks you to interrupt the boot.

modprobe: ERROR: could not insert 'vboxdrv'

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When you are inside the blue screen, select

Enroll MOK > Continue > Yes 

modprobe vboxdrv Operation not permitted.

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And it will ask you for the password that you have previously entered, you will enter it and you will be informed that the operation has been completed successfully.

modprobe: 'vboxdrv': Operation not permitted

Now your operating system will start and your Error (modprobe: ERROR: could not insert ‘vboxdrv’: Operation not permitted) will be solved. I tested this in Ubuntu, Kubuntu and Debian. Hope this help someone.

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