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Dance with the Devil: UEFI: Getting MS to sign our Pre-bootloader

Posted 11-21-2012 at 02:50 PM by hydraMax (Bits and Pixels)
Updated 11-24-2012 at 12:45 AM by hydraMax

Found this hilarious, and sickening, link on Slashdot:

It's an article written by the poor guy who is trying to get the Linux Foundation's pre-bootloader signed by Microsoft, so we all can install Linux on Microsoft-approved hardware (without disabling UEFI secure boot manually). Describes all the steps he had to go through, compromises he had to make, and agreements he had to sign in the process....
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UFEI Secure Boot: An Understandable Explanation

Posted 11-12-2012 at 06:13 PM by hydraMax (Bits and Pixels)
Updated 11-21-2012 at 02:56 PM by hydraMax
Tags security

This oggcast contains Matthew Garrett's discussion of UEFI and Secure Boot. It is the first explanation I've heard on the subject that really came across clearly.
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People are still using Java...?!

Posted 09-02-2012 at 01:03 AM by hydraMax (Bits and Pixels)

I thought a few lines from this last report about a Java vulnerability were rather humorous:

Security Explorations, the Polish security startup that discovered the Java SE 7 vulnerabilities that have been the targets of recent web-based exploits, has spotted a new flaw that affects the patched version of Java released this Thursday....

As in the case of the earlier vulnerabilities,
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