Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 13th Jan 2012 16:20 UTC, submitted by moondevil
Windows And so the war on general computing continues. Were you looking forward to ARM laptops and maybe even desktops now that Windows 8 will also be released for ARM? I personally was, because I'd much rather have a thin, but fast and economical machine than a beastly Intel PC. Sadly, it turns out that all our fears regarding UEFI's Secure Boot feature were justified: Microsoft prohibits OEMs from allowing you to install anything other than Windows 8 on ARM devices (the Software Freedom Law Center has more).
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This doesn't fix anything.

Windows will still get thousands of viruses.

It might make a root sector virus a bit harder... but not that much (hack the disk relocation index instead - when checked - it will validate, when used it provides a different sector).

Or put in a hardware trap - after the sector is read/validated, but before it starts execution hang the CPU, and replace the boot sector.

Yes both call for cracking some hardware... but both are done during hardware debugging.

And vulnerabilities in the USB controllers have already shown that they can be used to access main memory bypassing all security controls.

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