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The Display of the Previous Rejected Password Counts

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000013454D
Original Publication Date: 2000-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-18
Document File: 2 page(s) / 55K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

This invention enhances the security function of BIOS password of Personal Computers (PC's) and the password of electric appliances that use password for equipment access protection. The phrase "Personal Computers (PC)" in the following description can be replaced to the phrase electric appliances such as Personal Digital Assistance (PDA).

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The Display of the Previous Rejected Password Counts

   This invention enhances the security function of BIOS password of
Personal Computers (PC's) and the password of electric appliances
that use password for equipment access protection. The phrase
"Personal Computers (PC)" in the following description can be
replaced to the phrase electric appliances such as Personal Digital
Assistance (PDA).

Current PC has a security function of password to prevent
non-authorized accesses to the PC resources. IBM ThinkPad Power
On Password (POP), Hard Disk Password (HDP), and Privileged
Access Password (PAP) are the example of the password of the PC's
mentioned in this disclosure..

The function of this invention is as follows:
If the input of incorrect password has been rejected at power on
time, the PC POST code (Power On Self Test) displays the number
of previous rejected password attempts at the next correct power
up operation as a warning to the authorized user who can input
the correct password. After displaying the warning, the PC POST
code waits for the user key input as an acknowledgment to the
warning display. If there is no rejected password input before
the correct power up operation, there is no special display
concerning the previous password input information and the system
boot process continue.

This invention enables the correct user to be able to identify
whether there are incorrect password inputs to his/her PC when
the correct user powers up the system. This invention is not
only applicable when a PC power is up but also applicable when
the system...