trapdoor
  • A hidden software or hardware mechanism that allows access to a program, system, or network in a manner which completely eludes all security measures. It can be activated, for instance, by a seemingly random key sequence, and is usually left in place by the software developer. It is intended to allow for functions such as maintenance, and is a significant security risk when known by an unintended user or program. Also spelled trap door. Also known as back door.

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