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Any developer on the planet always puts in their own "unofficial" signatures
I haven't got it now but does anybody remember the early versions of Word for Windows on Windows 3.11.
By the correct combination of keystrokes you could make a little diagram of the development team appear -- totally not supported (or probably not even known about) by MS at the time.
Most of these "back doors" are actually benign - no ulterior motives --they are like a hidden signature on a painting. In some cases they can prove the authenticity of the prduct as "pirated reverse engineered" copies will certainly lack these "undocumented" additions.
I don't have WFW on Windows 3.11 so I can't show the screen but I'm sure someone can find it. Maybe one of the original developers -- I know current and previous MS employees and contractors read these boards.
What you're describing is really an "Easter Egg" which is a term used to describe something hidden in a program that does no harm. An Easter Egg is generally intended to be interesting or funny.
A backdoor would give someone access to your computer without having any way for you to stop it (i.e. perhaps sending a certain sequence of characters to a certain port on your computer will cause your computer to allow MS or the government to acccess your system).
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Remote access is the best term to describe that only without enabling the file and printer sharing option or being aware of a made public not private network setting. As far as seeing MS or someone else simply logging onto your system remotely that wouldn't be something predesigned into Windows. ISPs keep records of your online activities however in case a need arises or to track down spammer domains.
Digital formal or non formal signatures have always been tucked away often where only other developers will know where to look. That would be the "Easter egg" you were referring to which is placed in a way as to be non intrusive and may only simply appear as a number or small item in the system registry itself that goes unnoticed by the untrained user there.
Here's the latest heard on this.
Operating systems News
Microsoft denies NSA backdoor in Windows 7
US National Security Agency did, however, work on the new OS
19 hours ago
A row brewing in the US over the security features of Windows 7 has been nipped in the bud after Microsoft claimed it has not engineered a backdoor to give authorities access to user's PCs.
The existence or otherwise of a backdoor became an issue when it emerged that the US National Security Agency (NSA) had been involved in the development of Windows 7.
Gee? I guess the end on that one with the "more to come" wasn't too far off there!
NSA helped harden Windows 7 Security
Date: November 24, 2009
The National Security Agency (NSA) worked with Microsoft on the development of Windows 7, an agency official acknowledged yesterday during testimony before Congress.
"Working in partnership with Microsoft and elements of the Department of Defense, NSA leveraged our unique expertise and operational knowledge of system threats and vulnerabilities to enhance Microsoft's operating system security guide without constraining the user to perform their everyday tasks, whether those tasks are being performed in the public or private sector," Richard Schaeffer, the NSA's information assurance director, told the Senate's Subcommittee on Terrorism and Homeland Security yesterday as part of a prepared statement.
"All this was done in coordination with the product release, not months or years later during the product lifecycle," Schaeffer added. "This will improve the adoption of security advice, as it can be implemented during installation and then later managed through the emerging SCAP standards."
Security Content Automation Protocol, or SCAP, is a set of standards for automating chores such as managing vulnerabilities and measuring security compliance. The National Institute of Standards and Technologies (NIST) oversees the SCAP standards.
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