List Archive: gentoo-security
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On Friday 17 February 2006 23:49, Robert Larson wrote:
> On Friday 30 September 2005 02:02 pm, J.A. wrote:
> > I have a separate gateway/firewall (in.thesame.net) but I forgot the
> > user name and password. It was setup with openna.com security
> > procedures about four years ago.
> openna.com mentions nothing (I didn't see it) about securing your BIOS
> or boot loader. This means that you can download knoppix and boot it
> (assuming you have a bootable cdrom, you may need to change bios
Don't forget the padlock on the case. Otherwise the bios can be reset,
including the password. Also be aware that most bios passwords can
easilly be cracked, so don't make it equal to another password.
Of course a padlock is not going to stop the really determined. One can
easilly open the case in a different way, or just cut the padlock away.
If you want real "security" the only way to go is to encrypt your
harddisk. (This means you need to type the passphrase for the key at
bootup, or have a dongle)
Paul de Vrieze