[hackspacebristol] re Accessing PC BIOS - I would like to see that, Lek (This is the reply).

"Lek" l at dataguide.net
Tue May 24 15:27:30 UTC 2011


on 24/5/11 12:14 PM, For anyone interested in the Bristol UK Hackspace
<hackspacebristol at lists.aktivix.org> wrote:
I would like to see that, Lek.
>
> You don't need to fdisk! (Although you might want to anyway!)
>
> For anyone who fancies doing some "hacking" in the computational sense of
> the word, there are many and interesting things you can do with computers
> running Windows for which you don't have the password. Easiest and least
> interesting is to get a "live CD" or a USB stick with either a live copy
of
> Windows or a version of Linux with the right tools, and you can just reset
> the Windows password without messing up the OS at all. This way you have a
> usable version of Windows which now has your own password.
>
> For those a little more up for a challenge and something a little more
> interesting and a look into the world of security exploits, Windows
> passwords can be obtained directly from the disk, without resetting the
> password, though this is a little more involved, but for real-world
hacking
> is certainly a lot more useful (people tend to notice if you reset their
> passwords!). For this you will need a live USB stick, another laptop,
> physical access to the machine (which we obviously have) and a rainbow
table
> specific to the "LM hash" which Windows uses for password hashing, whose
> sizes vary depending on the potential password space.
>
> I'm note sure I have all of these things quite yet, but if people would be
> interested in doing this then I would be happy to try to get my stuff to a
> state where we can try to extract the passwords from the machines without
> resetting them on Thursday.
>
> Any thoughts?
>
> Merlin
>
> From: patrick at neavey.net
> Date: Tue, 24 May 2011 11:13:33 +0100
> To: hackspacebristol at lists.aktivix.org
> Subject: [hackspacebristol] Celeron PCs accessing the BIOS
>
>
> If anyone is having problems getting past the BIOS password on the Celeron
> PCs that were donated to Hackspace last week, try using:
>
> AWARD_SW
>
> in all caps. It worked for me and I was able to remove the original BIOS
> password. Of course there is still the Windows password, but fdisk can get
> rid of that. :-)
>
>
> Kind Regards,
>
> Patrick
>
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> Patrick Neave
> patrick at neavey.net
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