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Re[2]: Encryption on Laptops?
From: Alexander Lukyanenko <sashman () ua fm>
Date: Thu, 25 Mar 2004 23:49:59 +0200

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Hello Bart et al,
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BLkc>    I simply change the
BLkc>  user account passwords on the box in question, log in as
BLkc> the user, and voila, I have the
BLkc>  files.
Nonsense! The idea of EFS is that the encryption keys (`certificates') are itself
encrypted with user's passwords. If you don't know the password,
you won't get to the files, and if you'll forcibly change the user's
password, you'll kill the certificate and render the encrypted files
unreadable.
But, the system can still be "opened".
You can boot with ERD/ntpasswd, change admin's password, boot
Windows as usual, login, run pwdump/lc4, get the password hashes and then
brute-force them using lc4 or John The Ripper (don't sure about the
later being able to deal with NTLM2 hashes). Then you login as the
user in question with his/her password and voila, you have the files.
It ain't as easy and fast (you need to bruteforce a password), as just
changing a user's password, but still possible.

Cheers,
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