Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 22nd Jun 2012 23:17 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu After Fedora, Ubuntu has now also announced how it's going to handle the nonsense called "Secure" Boot. The gist: they'll use the same key as Fedora, but they claim they can't use GRUB2. "In the event that a manufacturer makes a mistake and delivers a locked-down system with a GRUB 2 image signed by the Ubuntu key, we have not been able to find legal guidance that we wouldn't then be required by the terms of the GPLv3 to disclose our private key in order that users can install a modified boot loader. At that point our certificates would of course be revoked and everyone would end up worse off." So, they're going to use the more liberally licensed efilinux loader from Intel. Only the bootloader will be signed; the kernel will not.
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RE: Comment by NuxRo
by benjymouse on Sat 23rd Jun 2012 08:13 UTC in reply to "Comment by NuxRo"
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I can't remember when was the last time I heard about a "boot" infection (I'm not saying it doesn't happen).

The problem solved by Secure Boot is real. The solution may make it harder to keep hardware "open" - but secure boot will definitely address TDL-4 / Alureon and the likes which infects the MBR.

It's just crap designed to make life difficult for competitors; classic Microsoft move. All this with the excuse of more security; their own personal "think of the children".


I can't believe this goes without a antitrust trial or something, at least in Europe.

Microsoft does not control UEFI. Indeed, Red Hat and others sat in at the table when UEFI Secure Boot was spec'ed. It will be very hard to claim this is an anti-competitive move when MS has clearly allowed (not taken a position) on an off-switch.

As for ARM - MS doesn't hold a monopoly there - so no basis for anti-trust. And in any case this is just what Apple and Android OEMs does for practically all ARM devices: Locks them down to ensure that only the supplied OS can be booted.

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