Fedora reexamines "trusted boot"
Posted Jun 30, 2011 16:46 UTC (Thu) by alonz
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You're touching on the most important point here:
trusted boot is not really about security anymore.
Trusted boot has been proven totally ineffective as a security measure, time and time again. It only remaining business case is to enforce lock-in. But many people still believe the old hype about trusted boot as “the security technology that will rid us of those pesky rootkits”, and serve as unknowing shills for the commercial interests behind the technology.
Even the name of the technology hints at its shortcomings: trusted—by whom? boot—not a trusted system, but only the boot process is trusted.
(Full disclosure: I design security products, and my company even sells “trusted boot” solutions.)
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