OSX Screensaver Flaw?

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by Das, Jul 7, 2003.

  1. Das
    macrumors regular

    Jan 28, 2003
    I just was wondering if the flaw reported by Slashdot was true. It reads that if you hold down a key on the screensaver password prompt for about 5 minutes then press enter that it will bypass the security feature and let people have access to your desktop. Has anyone actually tried it?

    Sorry if it's been discussed already before (tried researching it on the boards, but couldn't find a thread).
  2. macrumors 65816


    Mar 27, 2003
    I tested it (Mac OS X 10.2.6; Powermac Dual 867 G4), and it worked. :eek: We should all write to Apple.
  3. macrumors 6502

    Dec 3, 2002
    San Jose
    Dude Does it really matter...I mean anyone who can sit in frount of your computer can compromise your security. Now if this was something that another person in another party of the country could take advantige of then I would be worried. But I don't think that this is atop Apples list of things to do. I mean Sheeh
  4. macrumors 603


    Sep 6, 2002
    Houston, TX
    see, you're worried about hackers. i think in terms of this situation, i would be worried about idiots. that would mess things up by being stupid. but i don't use screensaver protection too much.
  5. macrumors 68030


    Jun 25, 2001
    Moneyapolis, Minnesota
    hold down what key? any key?

    and does this work at the login screen? particularily on panther i would like to know about because there is a loginwindow application that runs off of the same engine framework for both the login and screensaver...as far as i can tell, i am not 100% sure on that.
  6. macrumors 603


    Sep 6, 2002
    Houston, TX
    sorry, i couldn't help it:

    hey, where's the any key?
  7. macrumors 68040


    Nov 5, 2002
    in panther it seems they moved away from the screensaver ...i didn't even see the screen effects password option but i didn't look very far..it seems like ther was more of a focus towards using the sleep protection and soft-logouts...but thats imo
  8. Das
    thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 28, 2003
    To heck with that I'm still waiting for my Tab, I pressed that button a million times and nada! I mean, what’s the point of having a retractable cup holder built into the computer if you can’t even get a drink when you request it?

    Anyhoo, you can press any key as long as you press it a lot or just paste a lot. Funny thing is that people are reporting that it can crash any COCOA app which I was wondering if anyone has duplicated like on the login panel.

    I really doubt this is a huge bug nor does it have to potential to become one, but still it's interesting that something this simplistic was missed.
  9. macrumors 65816


    Jul 7, 2002
    Los Angeles, CA
    The problem is solved in Panther, by the way.

    Guess Apple is on top of things. Or they solved it without knowing. :D
  10. macrumors 65816

    Aug 6, 2002
    A programmer fell asleep and landed on the keyboard, woke up and hit enter.
    "Oh there's a bug, how 'bout that"

  11. macrumors 68030


    Aug 4, 2002
    Madison, Wi
    To start press any key. Well where's the "any" key? I see Esc, Ctarl , and PigUp. There doesn't seem to be any any key! Phew. All this computer hacking is making me thirsty. I think I'll order a Tab. Oop! No time for that now, the computer's starting.
  12. macrumors 603


    Dec 20, 2002
    sunny los angeles
    errr...explain to me how i just got the screensaver to crash in panther...
    are you sure you did it relatively correctly, type in garbage then press ctrl+a, ctrl+k then hold down ctrl+y for half a minute or so?
    i thought the flaw was so stupid that instead of typing the password for my account, I keep typing in garbage.
  13. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 22, 2002
    Tacoma, WA
    Here is compaq's response to the any key. I highly suggest you guys look at it if you want a quick laugh.

    Compaq Support


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