Apple PowerBook Password Security Control Panel Vulnerability

Powerbooks come with a 'Password Security' Control Panel. This allows the user to create a password that must be entered prior to the OS mounting the hard drive. This feature can be enabled or disabled by the user. The control panel stores the enabled/disabled state, as well as an encrypted verion of the password, in a file called 'aaaaaaaaAPWD' in the root of the drive. The problem is that this security feature can be bypassed with a boot disk and hard drive utility.


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