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Authored by: rand on Nov 11, '02 01:53:36PM

open firmware password is not all it's cracked up to be either rob. 10 seconds (at most) is all it takes to fix it so that the machine will boot without requiring you to put the pass in.

i think the moral of this story is : the best security is keeping your powerbook with you, or having your machine in a safe place. even stopping the mac from being booted into single user mode, if someone is in front of the computer, a system cd (9 or X) is all it takes to get into your machine (even with with OF password in place).



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Authored by: thatch on Nov 11, '02 02:29:55PM

To the first part of your message, yes, but you must have the password to do what you suggest.

To the second part of your message, no, wrong, you cannot boot an open firmware password protected computer with any CD unless you have the password.



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Authored by: rand on Nov 13, '02 05:02:41PM

thatch, nope, you can disable the password, so that when you boot the machine it does _not_ ask for it anymore. after this you can boot from whatever you wish to boot from (as long as it boots the machine of course:)

i'm not sure if this information is available to non apple (employees/etc) so that was why i didn't post it, but search on apples TIL/KBase and it will tell you how to. if not then it is 'restricted' info. that is where i read about how it is done.



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