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Reset of a tamper condition or any generic POST error

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000147458D
Original Publication Date: 2007-Mar-16
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2007-Mar-16
Document File: 1 page(s) / 22K

Publishing Venue

Lenovo

Abstract

Reset of a tamper condition or any generic POST error

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Reset of a tamper condition or any generic POST error

     To reset POST (Power On Self Test) errors in a system that is under Administrator control, a person with knowledge of the Administrator Password must be present in front of the computer. This requirement is in place to make sure that a user does not open the box to steal parts, clear/change passwords, or other deviant activities. This can be a problem when the administrator is in a different geographic location. While an effective method of preventing attack, this requirement is cumbersome in today's environment that requires the ability to remotely manage a computer system. What is needed is a method for establishing an environment where the identity of the remote entity (server, administrator, management agent, etc) can be securely validated and thus removing the risk of unauthorized access.

     The proposal , upon detection of a POST error, is to load a trusted / signed Operating System (OS) and use this OS to establish the secure environment to permit trusted remote access to POST/BIOS. The trusted OS can take advantage of full/complete network services that are normally impractical to provide from a remote environment. Once a POST error has occurred, an option is provided to the user to establish a secure connection in order to clear the POST error. Once the option is selected , a report is generated which contains information such as: POST error(s), Time and Date, BIO...