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Sysadmin cracked military PC’s security by reading the manual

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Early in my IT support career I learned that a way past O/S security constraints was to treat the media as data to a different O/S.

In my early days our mainframe ran several different O/S types depending on the jobs. The operators would prime the configured O/S from tape to the disk as the need arose during the day.

The new disk O/S had a bug that it would not create new users properly. I found that I could use the system tape as data to a program on another O/S - and add a few blocks containing new users' information.

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