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Re: Toshiba notebooks BIOS password backdoor
From: aleph1 () NATIONWIDE NET (Aleph One)
Date: Fri, 15 May 1998 16:34:52 -0500

On Fri, 15 May 1998, Rop Gonggrijp wrote:

The dutch newspaper 'De Volkskrant' has reported about an individual named
Stefan Arts that has a password that will unlock all Toshiba notebook
computers that are locked with the BIOS password function. The password
itself was not published. Mention was made that Toshiba Netherlands has been
threatening to sue Arts if he exposed the password, saying that 'publication
would serve no purpose'. This single password exists for service staff to
help people that have forgotten their password and is known at Toshiba
service centers and dealerships all over the world. The dutch police told
Toshiba that they should ask him to 'name a price' when they were in contact
with him, so that he could be arrested for blackmail/extortion...

Backdoor BIOS password are nothing new. They been discussed here back in
1996. In particular it was reported that Award BIOSes had the following
backdoor password: "Condo,", "AWARD_SW", "j332", and "589589". Someone
also postes a program that will reveal the backdoor passwords in AMI
BIOSes. You can find it at

The original message that started that thread is


Rop Gonggrijp <rop () itsx com>

Aleph One / aleph1 () dfw net
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