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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For 20 years you have complained
by jefro on Mon 16th Jan 2012 17:24 UTC
jefro
Member since:
2007-04-13

For 20 years you have complained that MS is vulnerable to hackers. Now they attempt to fix it the way it should have been and you again complain.

Get a life you losers. Most of the world needs systems to work. There will still be ways to load your OS. You didn't mind when Apple did this same thing.

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JPollard Member since:
2011-12-31

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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Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

This is specifically about not allowing people who know what they are doing to disable that system if they need to do so/want to do so.

This isn't about security, here is an example:

You can't even boot from a Linux USB Stick to scan for virusses on the main HDD/SDD.

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