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Re: Insufficient Authentication vulnerability in Asus notebook
While we are at it... quite a few Thin Clients based on Windows XPe
deply with Administrator / Administrator and User / User as default
user / pass combinations. By default User is part of the
Administrator group. For an Aded bonus there is a VNC password of Wyse
or viewonly with the default VNC service.
On May 14, 2009, at 10:16 AM, Susan Bradley wrote:
I don't mean to be rude but you do realize that all XP OEMs ship in
this manner? So rather than asking everyone to help you
investigate, just list all OEM vendors that still ship XP builds and
it might be more efficient for you.
Which is why in Vista and Windows 7 as you set up the OEM build it
strongly suggests you set up a password.
With all due respect this is
1. Not new
2. Physical access trumps all
3. For XPs it's kinda handy to have a blank admin password when you
sometimes come in on a network and need to get to that particular
machine and you didn't set it up, otherwise you have to use the
Admin password boot disk trick and reset the password to blank.
There's an easy fix for this. Wait a few months for Asus to ship
systems with Windows 7.
Otherwise this is very much not anything different then when someone
else years and years ago said that IBM laptops or Dell computers
were shipped in this manner and a basic law of computer security.
Show me a OEM build of a XP and this is how they ship. With all due
respect, if you want me to click on your web site, how about coming
up with a "vulnerability" that wasn't discussed on this very list in
I think we can come up with different vulnerabilities in five
I want to warn you about Insufficient Authentication vulnerability
in Asus notebook.
After publication of information about Insufficient Authentication
vulnerability in Acer notebooks (http://www.securityfocus.com/archive/1/503398/30/0/
), I decided to investigate all notebooks of my friends.
Particularly I checked two Asus notebooks: at one with Windows XP
Professional there is no such vulnerability, at another with
Windows XP Home Edition there is such vulnerability.
In Windows XP Home in default administrator's account
is empty password. And it does not set equal to password of first
when admin account is creating during first start of notebook (as
during installation of Windows XP). So with physical access to
anybody can enter into the system with administrator's rights.
Vulnerable models of notebooks: Asus Ð6500R and potentially other
I mentioned about these vulnerability at my site (http://websecurity.com.ua/3139/
Now I'm continue to investigate this situation. If you'll find such
case in your notebook or in desktop PC, then inform me on email.
Best wishes & regards,
Administrator of Websecurity web site