Cisco, haven't we learned anything? (technician reset)y

On Thu, 2006-01-12 at 21:05:52 -0500, Steven M. Bellovin proclaimed...

> How much entropy is there in a such a serial number? Little enough
> that it can be brute-forced by someone who knows the pattern? Using
> some function of the serial number and a vendor-known secret key is
> better -- until, of course, that "secret" leaks. (Anyone remember how
> telephone credit card number verification worked before they could do
> full real-time validation? The Phone Company took a 10-digit phone
> number and calculated four extra digits, based on that year's secret.
> Guess how well that secret was kept....)

Hi Steven,

I believe the Netscreen default password of a serial number can only be
entered over the console (and possibly modem/aux) port(s).

Yes. Sorry, I left that out.