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From: email@example.com To: firstname.lastname@example.org Date: Sat, 1 Jun 2002 23:13:42 +0200 (CEST)
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Security Vulnerability in ECS-K7S5A(L) Boards
The administrator-password set in the BIOS of the
<http://www.ecs.com.tw/products/k7s5a.htm> K7S5A(L) locks out BIOS-access
from the console. However, it does not disable access to the boot-menu.
Even though the system is configured to boot from hard drive only, and has
an admin-password set, someone with physical access to the system can
still boot from floppy or CD using the boot-menu.
* All K7S5AL-boards, confirmed up to BIOS V.02/02/06
Any person with physical access to the machine can reboot from a removable
medium (introduced by him-self). By doing this, authentication mechanisms
on the machine can be bypassed, compromising the data on the system and
the system itself.
Working from this compromised system with e.g. root/admin access can
threaten the rest of a network, depending on the architecture and
None at this moment, restrict physical access to the console where
The vendor has been notified on the 30 April.
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