Screensaver bypass code? Bug?

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  1. macbook attack macrumors newbie

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    I have a MacBook I usually bring to work. My co-workers and michevious and always try to change my background, etc.

    I leave on my screensaver password. I close the lid to my laptop to initiate the password protect.

    So last night I came back from lunch, open up my MacBook and my co-worker comes next to me, it seems like she put a code, and then unlocked my MacBook.

    It's either 1.) She know's my password or 2.) there's a bypass code because she typed something and it unlocked.

    Anyone know how to hack it?
     
  2. emt1 macrumors 65816

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    Is your password easy to guess or weak?
     
  3. Consultant macrumors G5

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    There is no bypass code.

    FYI, using 'password''pass' '[space]' 'qwerty' etc. are not reslly secure.

    If you don't use a secure password, it's fairly easy to get it via brute force.
     
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  5. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    I'd hate to be working at a company where this is tolerated. Why does the company let them do it? Use a secure password or a fingerprint scanner.
     
  6. lostngone macrumors demi-god

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  8. macbook attack thread starter macrumors newbie

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    my password is not weak

    it's all alphanumeric though.

    I tested her skills and i have iAlert and set it. She initiated the lock, but still bypassed my password!

    How is she doing this???
     
  9. Jethryn Freyman macrumors 68020

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    Either by guessing, or a keylogger. The only way to unlock the screen is the enter the correct password. There is no backdoor or bypass password.

    There are other methods, too, but I won't discuss them, as they are quite complicated (e.g. cracking password hashes and cold boot attacks.)

    If your Mac is set to automatically login when started up, she could have just cut the power and rebooted.
     
  10. macbook attack thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I actually have a keylogger setup now and this is what happend:

    I believe the last part is how they got in.

    Anyone care to decipher?

    Btw i purposely put the password "heyyouguys" if that helps
     
  11. Jethryn Freyman macrumors 68020

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    Those letters in triangular brackets are from keys like control and option being pressed.

    So did you set up the keylogger, and then afterward they used your computer?
     
  12. macbook attack thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I actually found out they "spied" on my and saw my password.

    HOWEVER.

    I changed my password and the could not get in at all, BUT the restarted my computer and was able to bypass the damn password screen!

    help!!!
     
  13. Jethryn Freyman macrumors 68020

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    Go to System Preferences > Accounts > Login Options > and disable automatic login.
     
  14. macbook attack thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It is already disabled!
     
  15. Jethryn Freyman macrumors 68020

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    Then they must have your password.
     

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