Thursday, 8 January 2015

Backdoor Windows Access

I was testing the elementaryOS the other day and I was impressed by it's performance. Aside from the fact that I have found an excellent 'replacement' for windows, just in case I lose all my patience in 'waiting' for a program to run or disappointed by random software crash, it also solved one of the most dreaded potential problem of forgetting a profile's password, when you can not access any of your files because you can not log on to it.

Although it has not happened to me yet, one of my friends 'managed' to forget his. This has made him run into lots of trouble and inconveniences as he could not access the files on his computer, as his profile is the main administrator and did not set up his files to share with any of the secondary users. At that time, I could not help him as I have not known elementaryOS, or have not tried a second operating system to run into a windows computer yet.

The elementaryOS could have helped him as it can access the files from windows on any account, with password  or without, using EOS as backdoor access. Here's how.

What you will need.


1. The elementaryOS loaded into a USB device. (steps to load EOS to USB here)
2. Another USB or any memory card for saving retrieved files

Steps.


1. Boot into elementaryOS(EOS)

With USB loaded with EOS and any second memory card plugged into the laptop, shutdown windows. Turn on again and start pressing F12 to change the boot sequence.  Select the USB with the EOS loaded then choose 'try without installing'.

2. Go to Windows files using EOS as backdoor.

Click the 'applications'(1) menu at the  left upper corner of the screen and click 'files'(2).


At the connected devices, open 'system'(3) where the windows files are located, then go to 'users'(4).


Under users, you will find all the profiles created within the windows environment. You can open any profile(5) even with passwords set up and can access any folders and files. Full access is also rendered meaning, there is no restriction on copying of any file. This is useful when you just want to retrieve files and transfer it to a removable drive.



3. Save retrieved files to the second memory stick or card.

Open the folder and choose the file you want to retrieve then  right click and copy. Under devices, choose the other memory stick(6) and paste in there.



The copied windows file(7) pasted without logging into Windows.


Last words.


Although this software is full of potentials and a relief to those who forgot their windows log in passwords, it could form a threat to those running Windows OS in the wrong hands as this software can access any profile without using a password. In fact it did bypass the 'front' door of windows and goes directly to any profile and files like accessing a backdoor. This has changed  my view that profile passwords are not enough to secure computer files.


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