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Old news?

Posted Jun 16, 2011 15:25 UTC (Thu) by jreiser (subscriber, #11027)
Parent article: UEFI and "secure boot"

Is widely-distributed UEFI the only news here? The ASUS P5QPRO motherboard from 2008, three years ago, claims to support the necessary hardware. The common boot ROM BIOS does not support it, but the BIOS is flashable. Some Apple x86 hardware as old as 2006 allegedly has unused TPM hardware: http://www.osxbook.com/book/bonus/chapter7/tpmdrmmyth/. Linux itself has had driver/char/tpm for six or seven years. The implications of actual lockdown have been foreseen for a long time.


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Old news?

Posted Sep 21, 2011 13:16 UTC (Wed) by kylegordon (guest, #80373) [Link]

From TFA: "The UEFI 2.3.1 specification [agreement required] has a number of new features, one of which is the optional "secure boot" protocol."

Given that UEFI 2.3.1 only came out in April 2011, I doubt your 5 year old Apple hardware has UEFI 2.3.1 compliant firmware.

TPM isn't UEFI, and a TPM can only be used to trust the boot system to allow you to decrypt data. It doesn't prevent you from booting a new/different OS.


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