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Re: Bug#56821: Important security hole: mbr allows anyone to boot from a floppy.



On Tue, Feb 01, 2000 at 07:29:48PM +0100, Thomas Quinot wrote:
> Package: boot-floppies
> Version: 2.2.5
> Severity: critical
> 
> During installation, boot-floppies set up a MBR using /sbin/install-mbr.
> The installed mbr allows user to boot from a floppy by pressing any
> key, then typing "F" at the prompt. Any password protection or

Does this mean, that a Debian system starts to boot from hard disk,
but at the lilo prompt it is possible to press "F" and get it to boot
from floppy? Is it really so? 

Otherwise I don't think the problem exists, if the BIOS is setup so
that it does not boot from floppy or CD-ROM, it's not possible to get
root access using own boot media. 

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Tapio Lehtonen
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