Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 29th Dec 2012 16:37 UTC
Linux It's sad that we need this, but alas - Matthew Garret has made a list of Linux distributions that boot on Windows 8 PCs with Secure Boot enabled. Tellingly enough, the list is short. Very short. Can someone hack this nonsense into oblivion please?
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RE: All this fuss for what?
by WereCatf on Sun 30th Dec 2012 07:27 UTC in reply to "All this fuss for what?"
WereCatf
Member since:
2006-02-15

This is a great move to allow a trusted chain of execution on consumer PC's, used correctly it will drastically reduce the risk we face from malware.


Oh, really? How will Secure Boot affect any of the most wide-spread malware packages at all? I mean, those do not modify the kernel or MBR in any way, so Secure Boot doesn't stop them or limit them in the least. And if Secure Boot doesn't affect the things that pose the greatest threat to end-users then what good is it for?

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RE[2]: All this fuss for what?
by Drumhellar on Mon 31st Dec 2012 01:35 in reply to "RE: All this fuss for what?"
Drumhellar Member since:
2005-07-12

Just because it doesn't stop all malware doesn't mean it isn't a good thing. Despite what a lot of people seem to think, rootkits still exist in the wild. I mean, look at Stuxnet for a high-profile one in recent news.

They exist for Windows 7 64-bit even. I just recently came across one while cleaning somebody else's computer. SecureBoot would prevent these.

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