A security consultant based in New Zealand has released a tool that can
unlock Windows computers in seconds without the need for a password.
Boileau, a consultant with Immunity Inc., said he did not release the tool
publicly in 2006 because "Microsoft was a little cagey about exactly whether
Firewire memory access was a real security issue or not and we didn't want
to cause any real trouble".
But now that a couple of years have passed and the issue has not resolved,
Boileau decided to release the tool on his website.
To use the tool, hackers must connect a Linux-based computer to a Firewire
port on the target machine. The machine is then tricked into allowing the
attacking computer to have read and write access to its memory.
With full access to the memory, the tool can then modify Windows' password
protection code, which is stored there, and render it ineffective.
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