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Found in Twitter thread on the MacOS root login back door. See also: every Linux lock screen ever invented with the possible exception of xscreensaver

@deutrino in the Windows 9x case though, it was because there WAS no local authentication - there was an option for a primitive kind that'd swap profiles, but otherwise, authentication was only for network resources. There's no local security.

There's a similar GIF for NT, but in that case it's outright privilege escalation because 1. NT is multiuser/secure 2. You spawn EXPLORER.EXE as *NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM* - above Administrator. (The joys of shelling out in random stuff, at login...)

@deutrino why go through all that trouble.

Fun fact: in Windows 95 you can press the ESC key on a PS2 keyboard to get instance Administrator access WITHOUT password. Unpatched until Windows 98.

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