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[4]: Stop whining!
by Icaria on Sat 24th Sep 2011 08:27 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Stop whining!"
Icaria
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What would a cracker, who has successfully compromised the machine, want to do with a user's boot sector?

Install the malware to it, bootstrapping Windows, permitting very low-level access and making it extra difficult to detect and remove. Some malware already does this.

http://threatpost.com/en_us/blogs/symantec-boot-sector-malware-vogu...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rootkit#Bootkits

That said, it's not a major problem and I have no doubt it's partially a convenient excuse for MS to wrest more control over the systems running their software.

Edited 2011-09-24 08:27 UTC

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