Re: [POSSIBLE GRAVE SECURITY HOLD]
- To: "Stephen R . Gore" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Cc: Joseph Carter <email@example.com>, Martijn van Oosterhout <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Samuel Tardieu <email@example.com>, Adam Di Carlo <firstname.lastname@example.org>, "Huneycutt, Doug" <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
- Subject: Re: [POSSIBLE GRAVE SECURITY HOLD]
- From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Ruud de Rooij)
- Date: 02 Feb 2000 14:35:59 +0100
- Message-id: <email@example.com>
- In-reply-to: "Stephen R . Gore"'s message of "Wed, 2 Feb 2000 07:15:58 -0600"
- References: <firstname.lastname@example.org> <389823E6.37B56639@cupid.suninternet.com> <20000202045337.A10828@debian.org> <20000202071557.A20238@ev1.net>
"Stephen R . Gore" <email@example.com> writes:
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> 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).
4.1 The boot prompt
The boot prompt looks something like this:
This is the list of valid keys which may be pressed. This means that
partitions 1, and 4 can be booted, also the first floppy drive
(F). The A means that 'advanced' mode may be entered, in which any
partition may be booted. The prompt for this mode looks like this:
The only other valid key which may be pressed is RETURN, which
continues booting with the default partition.
- Ruud de Rooij.
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