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Windows 7: What is the possibility of Windows installation CD being backdoored?

16 Jan 2013   #1

Windows 7 Home Basic 64bit
 
 
What is the possibility of Windows installation CD being backdoored?

I recently read somewhere that pirated Windows CD are backdoored and viruses are installed with windows installation. Is it true? Is it possible for an attacker to do something like that?

I think the possibility of this is less but it maybe possible.

Also please point me to any security articles regarding this.

Thanks!


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16 Jan 2013   #2
Microsoft MVP

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64 bit
 
 

I would think it would be fairly easy to add things to the default ISO with programs like nlite or even Microsoft's Windows Automated Installation Kit. Using a Pirated install image is one of the easiest ways to compromise your system. Be carful what you link to or talk about or you could end up violating the forum rules against discussing pirating windows.
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16 Jan 2013   #3
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Buy a legal copy of Windows 7 and you have no worries.
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16 Jan 2013   #4

Windows 7 Home Basic 64bit
 
 

I actually bought a Windows copy despite everyones' opposition (third world).

But I want to know more about how Windows can be backdoored. Please point me to articles or give information on how an attacker would do it.

Thanks!
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17 Jan 2013   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I think this would be extremely easy to do.

Buy a legal copy and it can't though.
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17 Jan 2013   #6
Microsoft MVP

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64 bit
 
 

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4) No discussion of piracy or anything illegal is allowed at all. Such as software, music, videos and other intellectual property violations.
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