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Bug#56821: [POSSIBLE GRAVE SECURITY HOLD]



Joseph Carter wrote:
> On Wed, Feb 02, 2000 at 11:32:38PM +1100, Martijn van Oosterhout wrote:
> > Err, there is a mistake here somewhere. If you are getting 1FA at the
> > boot prompt then lilo is *NOT* in the MBR. If it were you would get the
> > lilo prompt.
> 
> Why not?  If I hold down the wrong key too soon in the boot process, I get
> a 3FA: prompt.  I press enter and get lilo as normal.
> 
> It's not a virus or a security concern.  Similar prompts happen on similar
> machines lots.  No two machines seem to have the same "strange" prompt.

As far as I've been able to decipher, the prompt lists bootable partitions
and devices (3FA == partition 3, floppy, and I once knew what the 'A' did,
but have forgotten).

Regards,

Steve

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