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NO! WHAT HAVE I DONE!!!!!! I NEED SECURITY EXPERTS

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December 9, 2002 10:25:48 PM

Sorry for the all caps. I'm really really scared right now. I've accidently deleted one of my accounts on Windows XP. I had encrypted all my documents with that account. NOW, I CAN'T OPEN ANY OF MY WORK! I just wrote an 11-page report for English class, and now I can't access it. HELP ME!!!!!!! How do I recover my account? I don't have a recovery agent certificate so I don't have a public key, but is there someway to recover my work? Please, help me!!! System Restore isn't restoring my previous account with the private key I had previously. Help!!!

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December 9, 2002 11:35:55 PM

Now that sucks. Consider cracking it or will that take too long?

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- Mario Andretti
December 10, 2002 1:05:09 AM

First of all I have no idea how to crack EFS (Encrypting File System). Secondly, I've been searching on Google for people with similar problems and it turns out without a public or private key, there's no way into the files, even if you have a user name and password. STUPID, STUPID MICROSOFT!!!!

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December 10, 2002 6:47:56 PM

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http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q241201#2

This link is for Win2000. It should work for XP also.


Haha, thanks, but that didn't help. In Windows 2000, the administrator is the default Recovery Agent with a public key. However, in Windows XP, the Administrator account is disabled by default and so there is NO default Recovery Agent and NO public key. In essence, there is no solution to my problem (as far as I know). Microsoft, has seemingly fixed one problem (by creating a public key without the admin knowing about it) but has screwed over the people who rely on a default Recovery Agent being there. I don't have a public or private key to my files! lol!

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December 10, 2002 9:27:53 PM

Consider searching on google or www.astalavista.com for how to crack efs/cracks(or hacks) for it. Hmm, now where'd I put that nmr quantum computer that can decode encryptions in seconds? oops, I didn't say that:) 

"If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough."
- Mario Andretti
December 11, 2002 5:32:21 AM

I can't guarentee anything, since I've never had to use it, but here's a couple links I've had over the years. Most apply to 2000. Use Kazaa to download the software. It might help you in XP.

http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~help/kbhtml/kb0747.shtml
http://www.lostpassword.com/windows-xp-2000-nt.htm
Passware.Password.Recovery.Kit.v5.0.Full.zip

Good luck.

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December 11, 2002 5:53:31 PM

How do you 'accidentally' delete an account?

:tongue:

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December 11, 2002 7:36:30 PM

<A HREF="http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;en-us;q255742" target="_new">http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;en-us;q255742</A>
Not sure if this will help, just see.

Man you are in a rut, I wish you luck however. You CAN possibly unlock it but you will need to de-encrypt huge bits of security, so it might take a long time, if it's 128 bit or so. And remember, NOTHING is impossible.

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December 11, 2002 8:03:51 PM

128 is kinda a lot...........let's hope it ain't 1024:) 

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- Mario Andretti
December 11, 2002 9:17:58 PM

Do you have Any Updates on recovering your stuff?

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December 12, 2002 1:20:21 AM

Lemme ask you something, why does it take so long on CPUs to decode 128-bits?
I mean if CPUs can manage integers of 32-bit and take about 4 times more for 128-bit codes, then how come a CPU of over 2 billion clocks per second wouldn't at least get close to cracking something within less than an hour?
It's just weird and would seem to me that decoding is extremly inefficient these days or unoptimized.

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December 12, 2002 4:37:44 PM

Every single bit increase doubles the number of combinations. If I've got it right, it won't take 4 times as long to do 128 bit, but 2^96 times as long.

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December 12, 2002 7:56:11 PM

As silverpig stated, processing time rises exponentially here, so 2^32 takes C*4294967296 cycles (C being a constant that takes care of cycles spent on things like if statements, etc), and 2^128 takes C*340282366920938000000000000000000000000 time. That's a lot of processing, and is 2^96 times more, so with a 3 Ghz CPU (and assuming it was using its cycles to fullest and C was 1- we're being optimistic here hehe) it'd take (if I'm not mistaken) 3596761023602000000000000000 years. Not cool. Difference between this and quantum comps that's been giving people so much of a scare is that using Shor's algorithm, this time is polynomial; it's C*N. Imagine how much faster this is then. Mwahaha. Hmm, comp not want to compute 2^1024, damn. That'd be one bigass number.

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- Mario Andretti<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by flamethrower205 on 12/12/02 04:57 PM.</EM></FONT></P>
December 13, 2002 10:43:31 PM

Why would one encrypt everything like school work (comp papers) etc? Also if you're going to, wouldn't you be sure to have a backup of it all along with a decrypter for the documents?

anyhow, goodluck
December 14, 2002 1:19:42 AM

I encrypt some stuff sometimes, makes me feel |_337! lol

"If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough."
- Mario Andretti
December 14, 2002 3:39:55 PM

Quote:

I encrypt some stuff sometimes, makes me feel |_337! lol

So true!! :smile: That and the fact that some of my friends like to try to hack into my system and steal my stuff as a practical joke.

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December 14, 2002 4:25:09 PM

Hehe, people stopped messing w/ my comp as a joke cause once I was in a real bad mood and this guy started hacking my comp (didn't realize who it was either) so I hacked im back and totally wrecked his comp....took my friend 4 days to get it back up and running hehe.

"If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough."
- Mario Andretti
December 17, 2002 5:18:10 PM

AMD Man: Not sure if this will help, but www.grc.com/default.htm has an app called SpinRite. You can check it out and see if you think it will work.
Hal

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