Preventing password resets!

Discussion in 'macOS' started by phalewhale, Aug 20, 2007.

  1. phalewhale macrumors 6502a


    Jun 10, 2007
    Hey everyone,

    I've used the firmware password utility from my Mac OS X installation disc to set up a firmware password. I'm under the impression that this little utility will revoke certain boot-up functions like "c", to prevent someone booting to the Tiger install CD. What I'm trying to prevent is someone resetting/changing my password.

    My question is, why can I still hold the option (alt) key, and boot to the CD that way? How do I prevent this?
  2. Mernak macrumors 6502

    Apr 9, 2006
    Kirkland, WA
    If you press option while booting it should prompt you for a password before showing boot options, that what it does with me at least.
  3. phalewhale thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jun 10, 2007

    Yep, it does that for me too now that I've set it up properly.

    I think I must have been seeing things or just being plain dumb. Probably the latter. What-a mistake-a to make-a!

    Thanks anyway.


    On a slightly different note though... does anyone know where this password is stored? If so, is it encrypted?
    Or can this password itself be reset like on BIOS of PC.

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