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 Dr.Mabuse on Mon 26th Sep 2011 01:40 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Stop whining!"
Dr.Mabuse
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The benefit is that when Windows is inevitably compromised by a piece of malware, the malware can't write itself to the boot sector.


Thanks for the reply!

Is this really a big risk these days? Seems more like a DOS-era attack.

Does it actually prevent a write to the boot sector, or it just the case that the boot sector must be "signed" and therefore unauthorised boot sector code cannot be executed? (Got a link is really what I'm asking.)

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