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DSA - JCR wrote:
> Hi all
> FreeBSD 6.2
> I would like to put a password when booting/mounting mi Freebsd box.
> is it possible? How?
> What I want is that if the system is rebooted or shutdown, somebody must
> enter a password to boot and/or mounting "/"
> is for protecting the system from unauthorized users
A couple of items here. The first is a long known rule of security, which is,
if an attacker has physical access to the console, then the game is up, you
can't protect it any more.
This has *somewhat* been modified in the last few years, because it's a become a
fairly common option in BIOSes to allow for a boot password. This too can be
bypassed, pretty quickly and thoroughly, by doing a CMOS memory clear, but it IS
a step in the right direction. Honestly, though, a good security strategy is to
respect that rule about an attacker with physical access to the console: protect
yourself physically. Yes, you can set that boot password in the BIOS (active
before any OS, including FreeBSD, starts up) but don't be silly and rely on that
... protect yourself.
> Thanks in advance
> Juan Coruña
> Desarrollo de Software Atlantico
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