[maemo-users] Resetting the screen lock number on Nokia N8*

From: Andrew Daviel advax at triumf.ca
Date: Wed Mar 12 18:19:00 EET 2008
I have not (yet) shot myself in this particular foot ... :-7

When working on a password policy, I identified three categories of 
passwords (passwords should not be shared between categories, but that's 
another issue..) :

- weak passwords that you don't write down because all you have to do is
   fill in your email address and it will be sent to you in clear
- strong passwords that you don't write down, and if you forget it
   there's a way to reset it without knowing what it is (ask an
   administrator, remove the battery etc.). E.g. online banking,
   Linux shell passwords.
- strong passwords that you write down and store in a couple of safes,
   because if you forget it you or your heirs are totally screwed. E.g.
   encryption keys, some Windows administrator passwords

I'm wondering what category the Nokia N810 lock number falls in. It 
survives battery removal and OS reflashing, and AFAIK sshd won't start up 
until you have entered the number after booting.

Anyone know how to reset the number if you really have to ?

Andrew Daviel, TRIUMF, Canada
Tel. +1 (604) 222-7376  (Pacific Time)
Network Security Manager

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