Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 4th Jan 2018 21:54 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption

We've been archiving a bunch of old Xerox Alto disk packs from the 1970s. A few of them turned out to be password-protected, so I needed to figure out how to get around the password protection. I've developed a way to disable password protection, as well as a program to find the password instantly.

Xerox has failed to respond to this severe security hole in their computer, and every day they refuse to patch this vulnerability is a day their customers run a massive risk. Irresponsible.

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You are a very funny guy
by JLF65 on Thu 4th Jan 2018 23:08 UTC
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2005-07-06

So you're lucky I'm not Arnold. With all the security panics going on with modern systems, a little levity is appreciated. ;)

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RE: You are a very funny guy
by darknexus on Fri 5th Jan 2018 13:20 UTC in reply to "You are a very funny guy"
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2008-07-15

With all the security panics going on with modern systems, a little levity is appreciated. ;)

Agreed. I needed that today!

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Comment by Licaon_Kter
by Licaon_Kter on Thu 4th Jan 2018 23:43 UTC
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2010-03-19

Link to the CVE?

:)

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Irresponsible
by MichalKJP on Fri 5th Jan 2018 09:13 UTC
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2012-07-09

"Xerox has failed to respond to this severe security hole in their computer, and every day they refuse to patch this vulnerability is a day their customers run a massive risk. Irresponsible."

Yes, indeed. I'm sure they will lose a market share because of it.

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Comment by Phloptical
by Phloptical on Fri 5th Jan 2018 12:34 UTC
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2006-10-10

Is xerox still in business?

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RE: Comment by Phloptical
by The123king on Sat 6th Jan 2018 11:27 UTC in reply to "Comment by Phloptical"
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2009-05-28

Yes, they carry business supplies and printer paper mostly nowadays

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RE[2]: Comment by Phloptical
by zima on Sun 7th Jan 2018 22:58 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Phloptical"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

printer paper

Slightly ironic, considering that Xerox Alto was supposed to usher us in the era of paperless office.

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Comments on page are awesome
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Fri 5th Jan 2018 15:08 UTC
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2006-07-14

Crazy crazy stuff. The engineers from PARC are commenting.


http://www.righto.com/2018/01/xerox-alto-zero-day-cracking-disk.htm...

So sad the PARC isn't what it was.

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RE: Comments on page are awesome
by whartung on Fri 5th Jan 2018 17:22 UTC in reply to "Comments on page are awesome"
whartung Member since:
2005-07-06

Crazy crazy stuff. The engineers from PARC are commenting.


This is a particular gem.

Given the AATFDAFD hint, I'd guess the real password is ADDATADFAD. This derives from a project I did with Jef Raskin at UCSD in 1974. (He mentioned it in this interview.) The Data General Nova we were working with produced some garbled message with ADDATADFAD where it should have said ADDITIONAL, and it was a running joke ever after. Strange, the things that occupy some brain cells for over 40 years.


Just help shows the human side of all this.

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Heh
by uridium on Sun 7th Jan 2018 12:56 UTC
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2009-08-20

Very nice. Needed the laugh ;)

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OMG!
by hackus on Mon 8th Jan 2018 05:02 UTC
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2006-06-28

WTH?

CVE?

NNTO.

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Awesome
by kavyasharma1 on Tue 9th Jan 2018 07:06 UTC
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2018-01-09

It is a good news. Because I have a bad experience with Xerox Printer. Thanks for sharing.
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