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Posted Jun 23, 2005 7:26 UTC (Thu) by pengo (guest, #7787)
In reply to: Attack of the killer iPods by euvitudo
Parent article: Attack of the killer iPods

Yes, USB devices work exactly like CDROMs in Windows. You connect the USB device and it will run autorun.inf. e.g.


You can also boot from a USB device, if the BIOS is configured correctly.

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Posted Jun 23, 2005 14:57 UTC (Thu) by Ross (guest, #4065) [Link]

That's just amazingly bad design. They should have learned from the autorun
problems with CDs, and the auto-exec problems with Word and Excel macros.
Does Microsoft just not care or is there some kind of benefit to doing it
this way?

USB/CDROM autorun

Posted Jun 23, 2005 19:39 UTC (Thu) by giraffedata (subscriber, #1954) [Link]

How can that be? System designers go to the trouble of having power on passwords, disk drive passwords, Windows logon passwords, and screen saver locks, not to mention physical locks on the box, and you can put in any CDROM or USB device and the system will happily run any program on it?

Surely it's harder than that.

USB/CDROM autorun

Posted Jun 24, 2005 10:15 UTC (Fri) by bronson (subscriber, #4806) [Link]

Well, you can turn autorun off. But most people don't, and it's on by default. Yes it truly is this easy.


Posted Jun 27, 2005 5:46 UTC (Mon) by mbp (guest, #2737) [Link]

Are these people completely insane? Or just nostalgic for the days of floppy bootsector viruses?

Perhaps they want a return on their antivirus acquisitions.

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