Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 18th Oct 2011 21:03 UTC, submitted by Dirge
GNU, GPL, Open Source "The Free Software Foundation released a statement open for public signing, titled 'Stand up for your freedom to install free software'. The statement is a response to Microsoft's announcement that if computer makers wish to distribute machines with the Windows 8 compatibility logo, they must implement a system called 'Secure Boot'. The FSF statement warns against the danger that, if done wrong, this system would have to be called Restricted Boot, because it could make computers incapable of running anything but Windows." Signed.
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Soulbender
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2005-08-18

Interesting, I can remember back ion the day when MBR viruses was all the rage but that was like 20 years ago.
An interesting question is what happens if the verification fail. Is your PC effectively bricked? Can you still boot from other media? If yes, What if you don't have any install/recovery media (increasingly common today)?

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f0dder Member since:
2009-08-05

Interesting, I can remember back ion the day when MBR viruses was all the rage but that was like 20 years ago.
Yeah - it takes quite more sophisticated code to infect via this vector than it did back in the DOS days ;)

An interesting question is what happens if the verification fail. Is your PC effectively bricked? Can you still boot from other media? If yes, What if you don't have any install/recovery media (increasingly common today)?
All very good questions!

It partly depends on how the Secure Boot feature is implemented by the UEFI vendor - whether you're allowed to add your own signing keys, and whether you are allowed to boot unsigned OS loaders.

Microsoft states[1] that "Microsoft does not mandate or control the settings on PC firmware that control or enable secured boot from any operating system other than Windows." - let's hope they don't backtrack on that one.

[1] http://blogs.msdn.com/b/b8/archive/2011/09/22/protecting-the-pre-os...

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