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Windows 7: IT: Microsoft Denies It Built Backdoor Into Windows 7


20 Nov 2009   #1

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IT: Microsoft Denies It Built Backdoor Into Windows 7

Microsoft has denied that it has built a backdoor into Windows 7, a concern that surfaced yesterday after a senior National Security Agency (NSA) official testified before Congress that the agency had worked on the operating system.

'Microsoft has not and will not put "backdoors" into Windows,' a company spokeswoman said, reacting to a Computerworld story Wednesday. On Monday, Richard Schaeffer, the NSA's information assurance director, told the Senate's Subcommittee on Terrorism and Homeland Security that the agency had partnered with the developer during the creation of Windows 7 'to enhance Microsoft's operating system security guide.' Thursday's categorical denial by

Microsoft was accompanied by further explanation of exactly how the NSA participated in the making of Windows 7. 'The work being discussed here is purely in conjunction with our Security Compliance Management Toolkit,' said the spokeswoman. The company rolled out the Windows 7 version of the toolkit late last month, shortly after it officially launched the operating system."

Source;Slashdot IT Story | Microsoft Denies It Built Backdoor Into Windows 7

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20 Nov 2009   #2

 

I would not mind betting there could be a way to get into Bitlocked archives which might be known to law enforcement agencies, but if you use open-source crypt software instead then you'll be safe of course...
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20 Nov 2009   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 x2 + x86 + Windows 8.1 x64 x2
 
 

What man can invent - man can circumvent

This applies to all security software and systems - closed or open source - given enough resources

The law enforcement agencies have a lot of resources
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20 Nov 2009   #4

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Law enforcement has already cracked it. I know because I''m in the forensic field
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20 Nov 2009   #5

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by reghakr View Post
Law enforcement has already cracked it. I know because I''m in the forensic field
So you are able to decrypt AES without knowing the key?
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20 Nov 2009   #6

Windows 7 Pro & Vista Home Premium
 
 

With the right application, yes.

Look over this website:
AccessData Product Downloads

You can download the FTK Imager for free, nice priogram.
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20 Nov 2009   #7

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by reghakr View Post
With the right application, yes.
Well no. You must first get the key, that is what those applications do. Without having the key to decrypt AES you will be forced to brute force it which could take several years on any super computer. To decrypt AES you better hope the key is weak or weakly protected.
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20 Nov 2009   #8

Windows 7 Pro & Vista Home Premium
 
 

Well I;m more into Forensics than encryption, so you might be right.
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