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ASUS Eee PC rooted out of the box

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We recently acquired an ASUS Eee PC (if you want to know more about it, a lot of reviews are available on internet). The first thing we did when we put our hands at the ASUS Eee PC was to test its security. The ASUS Eee PC comes with a customized version of Xandros operating system installed, and some other bundled software like Mozilla Firefox, Pidgin, Skype and OpenOffice.org.

Analysing the running processes of the ASUS Eee PC, the first thing that caught our attention was the running smbd process (the sshd daemon was started by us, and is not enabled by default).

Retrieving the the smbd version, we discovered that it runs a vulnerable version of Samba (Samba lsa_io_trans_names Heap Overflow), which exploit we published earlier last year.

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Same with other O/Ses

Most O/Ses come with already-known issues. This includes Vista, of course. Leopard too.

These researchers use the 'Eee hype' to draw more attention here. Linux flaws are interesting for the same reason that "man bites dog" is more interesting than "dog bites man".

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