Linked by Howard Fosdick on Thu 6th Dec 2012 05:26 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes With computers now shipping with UEFI Secure Boot enabled, users of any OS other than Windows 8 will want to know how to circumvent it. Jesse Smith of DistroWatch tells how he did it here. The Linux Foundation describes its approach here. If you want to boot an OS other than Windows 8, you'll want to figure this out before you buy that new computer.
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RE[2]: Fedora Shim
by ssokolow on Thu 6th Dec 2012 18:10 UTC in reply to "RE: Fedora Shim"
ssokolow
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2010-01-21

Does this mean that,
if using Windows Signature,
and BIOS activate the network,
then Microsoft could
play with my linux?

I know that UEFI is about identity;
The first in the stack "owns" the stack.

But, could it be that
the BIOS designer,
-the non writable part of the BIOS-
is the real "owner" of the stack?


Looks that way.

http://mjg59.dreamwidth.org/11235.html

Also, the reference UEFI implementation most motherboard builders are using is demonstrably buggy and at least as complex as your average OS kernel.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2aq5M3Q76U

One of the reasons I'll probably be trying to source BIOS-based motherboards for as long as possible and, when that's no longer an option, I'll try to source something known to support reflashing with CoreBoot so I can prune it down to the minimum amount of code needed to boot Linux.

http://www.coreboot.org/

On the plus side, it does mean plenty of room for rooting the UEFI itself which could really put some egg on Microsoft's face.

(I'm sort of hoping that UEFI rootkits make such a mess of things that Microsoft is forced to backpedal on this idiotic "kernel-sized, under-tested, buggy firmware blob" idea)

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