Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 23rd Sep 2011 22:22 UTC, submitted by kragil
Windows The story about how secure boot for Windows 8, part of UEFI, will hinder the use of non-signed binaries and operating systems, like Linux, has registered at Redmond as well. The company posted about it on the Building Windows 8 blog - but didn't take any of the worries away. In fact, Red Hat's Matthew Garrett, who originally broke this story, has some more information - worst of which is that Red Hat has received confirmation from hardware vendors that some of them will not allow you to disable secure boot.
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RE[3]: Stop whining!
by Alfman on Sat 24th Sep 2011 07:22 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Stop whining!"
Alfman
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2011-01-28

Icaria,

"The benefit is that when Windows is inevitably compromised by a piece of malware, the malware can't write itself to the boot sector."

Not to poke fun at you, I think we're on the same page, but this type of attack is so last century it's barely even relevant to today's malware industry. What would a cracker, who has successfully compromised the machine, want to do with a user's boot sector?

I believe the actual secret goal is to pre-emptively strike against windows-8 mods/jailbreakers deliberately installed by owners to bypass the walled garden microsoft intends to sell to customers.

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