Kinda Worried...

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by Pipian, Oct 31, 2003.

  1. Pipian macrumors regular

    Apr 22, 2003
  2. johnnowak macrumors 6502

    Jul 24, 2003
    New York, New York
    I'd also like to point out that all OS X systems, their monitors in particular, are vulnerable to the dreaded but rarely used 'Sledgehammer' attack, where the malicious hacker slams the hardware with a physically wielded device. It means instant system failure.
  3. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604


    Sep 8, 2002
    The Netherlands

    Yeah. I believe every computer should give owner (root) privileges to the one that can gain physical access to it (i.e. really touch the computer). Try to make it quite complex, so that not "anybody" can do it. Logging such attempts could come in very handy aswell.
    Tight security is a very good thing.... on remote computers. Being a sysadmin, I have seen issues where not being able to read the data on a volume because of lost passwords or other clumsiness, could have been very costly or damaging to a company.
    You have to make sure that delicate or valuable data is stored on computers which are literally behind closed doors.

    Laptops are more difficult....
  4. coopdog macrumors 6502a

    Oct 5, 2002
    The Great Midwest
    I have used that hole to get past my user account restrictions at places. It is a HUGE hole. It's very easy, it only depends on how fast reboot time is. So on a G5 it would only take about 40-60 seconds to have full root access. Apple should make the only way to you can reset the admin password is by using the OS X CD. Which takes longer.
  5. G5orbust macrumors 65816


    Jun 14, 2002
    I am still going for biometirc scanning!

    How cool would it be to have a friend over say "watch this", and have your mac scan your retina with one of those cool, Hollywood type screen outputs.

    Man...I have no life...

    Bu there are holes in OSX because UNIX has holes that are pretty easy to exploit. My guess is Mac users arent really into hacking into other macs...though those PC guys seem to get a kick out of it.
  6. cb911 macrumors 601


    Mar 12, 2002
    BrisVegas, Australia
    whoa. i never knew about that. thanks for posting the link.

    the only password bypass that i knew of was the buffer overrun when the screensaver was on, but Apple fixed that.

    i guess i'll be careful and keep an eye on my PB to make sure no one reboots into single user mode...:eek: :p
  7. SiliconAddict macrumors 603


    Jun 19, 2003
    Chicago, IL
    Hmmm. If memory serves I read about a solution for this on

    I believe it was a join effort between Symantec and Nerf. :D

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