[Pauldotcom] pixieboot attack
mike at snowcrash.ca
Mon Jan 16 15:10:54 UTC 2012
On 12-01-16 4:38 AM, Robin Wood wrote:
> Has anyone done this? Do organisations use PXE boot on network machines?
I've thought about it, mostly from the "how to prevent it" perspective.
The most feasible answer I came up with is "hope it doesn't happen."
I don't know about other organisations, but some places I've worked use
it. They tend to enable it only for machine installation, and disable it
again afterwards. The one group I was with that made heavy use, we had a
separate VLAN just for this. Enable PXE, change the VLAN, boot /
reinstall, disable PXE, change the VLAN back.
I don't know what might break if you blocked the bits that PXE needs to
properly work on non-"reinstall" networks, but that could be a mitigation.
Imagine what medieval peasants would say if you could explain to
them the stuff that people waste most of their time worrying about
these days. - David Morgan-Mar
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