Saturday, November 13, 2004

Securing FireWire

Jonathan Rentzsch:

The idea is simple: FireWire provides direct memory access. So I can plug in my PowerBook into an Xserve, and arbitrarily read and write to all of the Xserve’s RAM, sans any logical protection.…It took a couple of years, but the security community community eventually made this a little more high-profile. Their hook, of course, was the iPod. “Use an iPod to 0wn an Xserve” the cry went. Everything’s sexier if you can tie it to the iPod.

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