[Dshield] Does ring any bell?

Kenton Smith ksmith at chartwelltechnology.com
Fri Jan 9 17:19:43 GMT 2004

Unless the Backweb that you're talking about is different from the
Backweb that's running on my Compaq servers, this information is
Backweb is like Windows Update. It allows your HP/Compaq machine to
check and see what updates, patches, notices, etc. are available for
your machine. It in no way allows HP/Compaq back-door access to your
computer. There are applications that allow this (similar to Dell's
Remote Assistance) but they are not installed on consumer systems that
I'm aware of.


On Thu, 2004-01-08 at 21:09, Doug White wrote:

> : 
> : 
> : On Thu, 8 Jan 2004, Dan wrote:
> : 
> : > Well I would like to mention a couple of things.  First Compaq's have a
> : > program installed called BackWeb, it is so Compaq people can get into your
> : > system and fix problems when you call for support (in theory anyway).  And
> : > spybot S&D will mention it and allow you to remove it.
> : 
> : That's awful! How could a company release a system with a KNOWN backdoor
> : in it and have a clear concious about it, regardless of the intention?
> : 
> : DELL does the same thing, only it is called "Remote Assistance."

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