Circumventing BIOS Passwords

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BIOS passwords are a very basic form of security and can be set to prevent the system from booting or to prevent the BIOS from being altered by unintended parties. They provide a minimum level of security with a minimum amount of effort.

To assist in accessing the BIOS in the event an administrator has forgotten the BIOS password, many of the BIOS providers have included a backdoor BIOS password for easy recovery. A list of them is contained on the http://pwcrack.com website, and at the time of this writing, they are as follows.

Award BIOS Backdoor Passwords

ALFAROME BIOSTAR KDD ZAAADA

ALLy CONCAT Lkwpeter ZBAAACA

Ally CONDO LKWPETER ZJAAADC

Ally Condo PINT 1322222

Award BIOS Backdoor Passwords (continued)

ALLY

d8on

Pint

589589

APAf

djonet

SER

589721

_award

HLT

SKY_FOX

595595

AWARD_SW

J64

SYXZ

598598

AWARD?SW

J256

Syxz

AWARD SW

J262

shift + syxz

AWARD PW

j332

TTPTHA

AWKWARD

j322

Awkward

AMI BIOS Backdoor Passwords

AMI

PASSWORD

AMI_SW

CONDO

AAAMMMIII

HEWITT RAND

LKWPETER

BIOS

AMI?SW

A.M.I.

PHOENIX BIOS Backdoor Passwords

BIOS

CMOS

phoenix

PHOENIX

Miscellaneous Common BIOS

Passwords

ALFAROME

CMOS

setup

Syxz

BIOSTAR

cmos

SETUP

Wodj

biostar

LKWPETER

biosstar

lkwpeter

Manufacturer

Other BIOS Passwords

Biostar

Biostar

Compaq

Compaq

Dell

Dell

Enox

xo11nE

Epox

central

Freetech

Posterie

Iwill

Iwill

Jetway

Spooml

Packard Bell

bell9

QDI

QDI

Manufacturer

Other BIOS Passwords

Siemens

SKY_FOX

TMC

BIGO

Toshiba

Toshiba

VOBIS & IBM

Merlin

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