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By john ·
What would be considered a "backdoor" into a Windows 2000 server?

Would a Adminstrator Account be considered a "backdoor"?

Would a Front Page Extensions account be considered a "backdoor"?

I am looking for an expert definition to these questions.

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by RiverFreight In reply to Backdoor?

Of the two you posted either can be a backdoor 'IF?' there is no password control or authorized usage control, commonly called security now-a-days, most of the common backdoors come from unwritten lines in the program, bad programing grammer 7 punctiation - not spelling -, and incorrect vocabulary sellection.

A Backdoor is a place or method that is discoverable and allows access to the infrastructure at some level of what you are doing.


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by timwalsh In reply to Backdoor?

The term backdoor in general refers to an undocumented method of accessing a secured application. Instead of entering the application through the "front door" (the normal log-on process), the backdoor allows another method of entry.

These days there are two common usages of the term "backdoor":

1. Publishers of some programs that require (or allow) you to password-protect the application will install a "backdoor" that allows their tech support department to reset the administrative password if the licensed owner forgets or unwittingly locks himself out.

2. Some viruses install trojan programs that act like backdoors. They allow an unsavory person to access the application/system without using the standard security measures. In otherwords, they enter the system through the backdoor instead of announcing themselves by ringing the doorbell (entering userID and password).

Hope I didn't mix too many metaphors here.

For the record, Answer 1 was probably one of River Freight's more lucid posts.

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