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Single user intervention Operation System boot

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000199828D
Publication Date: 2010-Sep-17
Document File: 2 page(s) / 60K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method for complete booting of a machine through Operating System (OS) with a single stop for password when powered-on. The suggestion here is to make the Basic Input/Output System (BIOS) or Open Firmware (OF) accept OS credentials immediately after power-on and provide them to OS when required.

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Single user intervention Operation System boot

Disclosed is a method for complete booting of a machine through
Operating System (OS) with a single stop for password when
powered-on.Noneed of prior setup during which the OS
credentials should be provided to create a database on a
non-volatile memory. No need for extra hardware needed.

This method can be used properly when multiple users are using a
machine just like in case of a windows desktop/laptop with
different login credentials.

This method also deals with computer reboot by not requiring any
credentials. It can use previous credentials while booting. If
needed to boot as a different user, a machine shut down is
required followed by machine power-on or can logoff as current
user and login as a different user.

While a computer is booting from power-on, user has to wait
considerable amount of time to provide Operating System (OS)
credentials after providing power-on password. After providing OS
credentials, the user again has to wait till OS completes booting
and allows him to work. This can make user impatient. A proper
mechanism is required that would continue to boot completely once
the machine is powered-on, password provided. A locked screen
while OS booting will be useful in public environment for
security. The suggestion here is to make the Basic Input/Output
System ( BIOS) or Open Firmware (OF) accept OS credentials
immediately after power-on and provide them to OS when required.
When OS requires credentials, it can query BIOS/OF using any
standard practice. This feature of BIOS/OF should be configurable
in BIOS/OF settings. The OS can check the BIOS settings to see if
this feature is enabled in BIOS/OF and if enabled, should query
for OS credentials. Otherwise it should prompt the user for OS
credentials as it does normally now. If the current feature was
enabled and the OS credentials were wrongly provided by the user
at power-on, the OS should again p...