Subscribe / Unsubscribe Enewsletters | Login | Register

Pencil Banner

Researchers demo exploits that bypass Windows 8 Secure Boot

Lucian Constantin | Aug. 2, 2013
The Windows 8 Secure Boot mechanism can be bypassed on PCs from certain manufacturers because of oversights in how those vendors implemented the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) specification, according to a team of security researchers.

"Microsoft is working with partners to help ensure that secure boot delivers a great security experience for our customers," Microsoft said Thursday in an emailed statement.

Despite these vendor implementation problems, Secure Boot is still a huge step forward, Bulygin said. To install bootkits now, attackers first need to find a vulnerability that would allow them to bypass Secure Boot, while on legacy platforms there was nothing to stop them, he said.

 

Previous Page  1  2 

Sign up for CIO Asia eNewsletters.