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Re: Firewire Attack on Windows Vista

Steve Shockley wrote:

> Stefan Kanthak wrote:
>> 2. The typical user authentication won't help, we're at hardware
>> level here, and no OS needs to be involved.
> So, if I understand you correctly, if I boot my machine into DOS the 
> memory can be read over Firewire?

If DMA is enabled on the firewire interface its possible!

If the BIOS allows to boot from a firewire device then it will setup
the hardware!

> Or does the machine need a Firewire driver loaded to be vulnerable?

If the BIOS does not setup the firewire interface the some driver has
to do it. So: it depends.

You can also read the memory if you shut down but dont power off your
system. Typically drivers leave their devices in working condition.