New Passware Can Crack PGP- and BitLocker-Protected Systems

Discussion in 'privacy general' started by snowdrift, Dec 4, 2009.

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  1. snowdrift

    snowdrift Registered Member

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    If a forensics analyst or thief/adversary has physical access to a running system, it is possible to take advantage of the fact that the contents that are in a computer's memory are accessible through users with administrative privilege and/or specific direct memory access hardware methods (if available).
    -- Microsoft

    http://blogs.pcmag.com/securitywatch/2009/12/new_passware_can_crack_pgp_and.php
     
  2. chronomatic

    chronomatic Registered Member

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    Old news. This was first demonstrated almost 2 years ago by Princeton university researchers. These guys at "Passware" seem to have simply made the process more automated.

    Bottom line: physical access when machine is running == pwnage
     
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