28 Aug '14, 8pm

Stupid Security In A Security System

Ehh. It isn’t too surprising. The alarm panel itself is supposed to be protected by the tamper switch which is to alert you to somebody fiddling with the panel when the system is not armed. As noted by yaehob, if somebody can get into your building and open the panel whilst everybody ignores the tamper alarm going off then you’ve lost the game already. Once you’ve got the panel open then you could just yank the entire PCB and swap it for your own one if you were malicious. If the manufacturer has done it right then the remote dial in option would use the same system as the keypads which trigger sign in fail alarms if somebody attempts to guess the password. If they’ve just been crap then it’ll be like the internal programming interface. The installer password is there to provide installer lock in pretty much. A minor side benefit is that it makes it harder (not for yaehob ...

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