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: Threat to Microsoft, too
by Icaria on Sat 24th Sep 2011 06:40 UTC in reply to "Threat to Microsoft, too"
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Unless the Win8 keys are compromised between the releases of Win8 and Win9, they would be the same keys.

The problem remains, however, that those keys are only valid for MS or MS-licensed soft/hardware.

Edited 2011-09-24 06:45 UTC

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RE[2]: Threat to Microsoft, too
by Alfman on Sat 24th Sep 2011 07:04 in reply to "RE: Threat to Microsoft, too"
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"Unless the Win8 keys are compromised between the releases of Win8 and Win9, they would be the same keys."

Most likely the bios will trust one or more microsoft signing keys, and those keys will then be used to sign individual operating systems + updates. Therefor, a single MS key in the bios should work with all microsoft's current and future operating systems.

I am assuming microsoft will sign all it's current/future operating systems with all bios keys, which may not be the case. They could omit signatures in order to enforce planned obsolescence.

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