Richard stallman windows 8 video - TechBytes Episode 69: Richard Stallman on ‘Secure’ Boot (UEFI), Coreboot, GRUB – Part 1

27th of September 2012 0

TechBytes Episode 69: Richard Stallman on ‘Secure’ Boot (UEFI), Coreboot, GRUB – Part 1

Transcript Q: Dr. Roy Schestowitz: I want to know how big a threat you think the so-called “secure” boot is considered to be to the Free software movement. Dr. Richard Stallman: It’s a disaster. Well, except that it’s not secure boot that’s a disaster, it’s restricted boot. Those are not the same. When it’s front of the control of the user, secure boot is a security feature. It allows the user to control what programs can run on a machine and thus prevent — you might say — unexpected malware from running. We have to distinguish the unexpected malware such as viruses from the expected malware such as Windows or Mac OS or Flash Player and so on, which are also malware; they have features that hurt the user but users know what they are installing. In any case, what secure boot does is that it causes the machine to only work with (?) programs that are signed with a certain key, your keys. And as long as the user controls which keys they are, then it’s a security feature. However, it can be chained into a set of digital handcuffs when the user doesn’t control the keys. And this [is] happening. Microsoft demands that ARM computers sold for Windows 8 be set up so that the user cannot change the keys; in other words, turn it into restricted boot. Now, this is not a security feature. This is abuse of the users. I think it ought to be illegal. Q: It’s a matter of control by the vendor of course, not control by the user himself Exactly, and that’s why it’s wrong. That’s why non
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