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Re: Insufficient Authentication vulnerability in Acer notebooks

That is I standard issue with Windows XP.  With any installation of it you have to boot in safe mode and manually set a password on the hidden admin account.

-Dave Ortiz 

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-----Original Message-----
From: David Sánchez Martín <dsanchez@xxxxxxxx>

Date: Mon, 11 May 2009 15:55:04 
To: <bugtraq@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: RE: Insufficient Authentication vulnerability in Acer notebooks

hi folk,

    Is not that a simple design decission? (truly brain-dead, but a
conscious decission).

> -----Mensaje original-----
> De: MustLive [mailto:mustlive@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] 
> Enviado el: domingo, 10 de mayo de 2009 15:23
> Para: bugtraq@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Asunto: Insufficient Authentication vulnerability in Acer notebooks
> Hello SecurityFocus!
> I want to warn you about vulnerability in Acer notebooks.
> It's Insufficient Authentication vulnerability. Which I found 
> 28.04.2009 in
> two my notebooks. At these notebooks Windows XP Home Rus is 
> using, in case
> of other OS the vulnerability can be also present.
> In Windows XP Home in default administrator's account 
> “Administrator” there
> is empty password. And it does not set equal to password of 
> first admin,
> when admin account is creating during first start of notebook 
> (as it happens
> during installation of Windows XP). So with physical access 
> to notebook,
> anybody can enter into the system with administrator's rights.
> Vulnerable models of notebooks: Acer TravelMate 2313LC, Acer 
> TravelMate
> 2413LC and potentially other models.
> I mentioned about these vulnerability at my site 
> (http://websecurity.com.ua/3127/).
> Best wishes & regards,
> MustLive
> Administrator of Websecurity web site
> http://websecurity.com.ua