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Re: [vox] Speaker needed for Sept. 16th meeting

Our Linux based systems are a litte bit more sophisticated than this.
1) They do not have floppy disk drives.
2) They do not have hard drives
3) They do not have CDROM drives
4) They have all of the BIOS boot options disabled except for the NIC
5) The NIC has an EPROM that loads a system from the network and uses it.

If they disconnect it from the network, it does not boot and they cant use
it. If they bring in their own system to have it boot from it, then that
is like them bringing in a laptop of their own anyway, so we dont care.

Of course the cases are locked, but locks can be picked or broken, but...

Stealing the computer is rather useless as there is no data on the client
Linux system when powered down. There is not "stateful" data. There is a
RAM Disk.

The concrete option is a good one, but we dont have a budget for it this
FY. Maybe next year... ;-)


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On Mon, 26 Aug 2002, nbs wrote:
>   * Lock LILO down with a password.
> Ah, but then they can boot off of a floppy or CDROM!
>   * Set your BIOS to boot off of HD first, not floppy or CDROM.
> Ah, but then they can "Press [Del] for setup" to alter the BIOS.
>   * Lock BIOS down with a password.
> Ah, but then they can yank the BIOS battery out, or something:
>   * Physically lock your computer's case.
> Or perhaps unplug the computer for a few days to let the BIOS battery
> drain.  Or better yet, steal the computer altogether and break the
> lock at their lesiure, to get to your hard disk...
>   * Lock the room your computer is in.
> And then, of course, for those REALLY worried:
> Maybe they can hack in over a network:
>   * Unplug the network cable to the computer.
> Or break into the locked room:
>   * Fill the room with concrete.
> ;)
> Hey - wasn't Rusty going to do a talk on Physical Security at some point?
> Maybe it's time to harass everyone on:
>   http://www.lugod.org/meeting/tba/
> (Some of whom I did at LinuxWorld the other week)
> -bill!
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