UEFI Secure Boot Key provided by Linux Foundation

Chat about Linux in general

UEFI Secure Boot Key provided by Linux Foundation

Postby GeneC on Thu Oct 11, 2012 12:28 pm

Linux-foundation IS doing something about it... :)

http://www.linuxuser.co.uk/news/uefi-se ... foundation

The Linux Foundation has decided to take action to allow everybody to continue using open source operating systems even on Secure Boot systems



There have been plenty of valid concerns regarding the future of computing in regards to UEFI Secure Boot, mainly how it will lock out people wanting to install a Linux distribution. The Linux Foundation has been following the situation, and has decided to take action by purchasing a key from Microsoft, and signing their own small pre-bootloader that will be available to all users of open source.

The Linux Foundation explained their reasoning behind it in a blog post:

“The Linux Foundation is committed to giving users freedom of choice on their platforms. Conforming to this stance, we have already published a variety of tools to permit users to take control of their secure boot platforms by replacing the Platform Key and managing (or replacing) the installed Key Exchange Keys…however, as one of the enablers of the Linux ecosystem, the Foundation recognizes that not everyone is willing (or able) to do this so it was also necessary to find a solution that would enable people to continue to try out Linux and other Open Source Operating Systems in spite of the barriers UEFI Secure boot would place in their way and without requiring that they understand how to take control of their platforms. Therefore, we also formulated a technical plan, which is implemented in this pre-bootloader, to allow distributions to continue functioning in a secure boot environment.”

The source code for the pre-bootloader is available at the moment without the key, and you can get using GIT as Loader.c. The Foundation admit that it will take a little time for the key and signature to be obtained, but will update everyone when its been done........
GeneC

AMD Phenom2x4 3.2 ghz, 12GB DDR3, Nvidia GTX 460

Sparky Cin 2.2 (Debian Testing)
Manjaro .9.0dev (Cin 2.4) Unstable
Sparky Gnome 3.14 (SID)
User avatar
GeneC
Level 7
Level 7
 
Posts: 1575
Joined: Fri Sep 03, 2010 1:59 pm
Location: Maine, USA

Linux Mint is funded by ads and donations.
 

Re: UEFI Secure Boot Key provided by Linux Foundation

Postby xenopeek on Thu Oct 11, 2012 2:55 pm

It sounds like a plan :D

The H and Phoronix have some more thoughts and details on it;

http://www.h-online.com/open/news/item/ ... 27930.html
http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=n ... px=MTIwNDM
User avatar
xenopeek
Level 21
Level 21
 
Posts: 15285
Joined: Wed Jul 06, 2011 3:58 am
Location: The Netherlands

Re: UEFI Secure Boot Key provided by Linux Foundation

Postby BBistheKing on Thu Oct 11, 2012 7:09 pm

Just curious, where does this leave custom built systems?

I'm guessing hardware manufacturers will want Windows certification, so does that make custom systems as much at the mercy of W8 secure boot as retail package systems?
Linux user since 2011
XFCE user
User avatar
BBistheKing
Level 2
Level 2
 
Posts: 63
Joined: Tue Aug 30, 2011 9:42 am
Location: Australia


Return to Chat about Linux

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 5 guests