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Researchers showed off how they were able to bypass the Secure Boot system in Windows 8 in two separate exploits at the Black Hat conference last week in Las Vegas.
A Linux community association has complained to the EU against Microsoft, claiming UEFI Secure Boot is an anti-competitive "obstruction mechanism" to booting other operating systems on Windows 8 PCs.
The creators of two separate ways to boot a Linux operating system on a Windows 8 PC have indicated they may merge their efforts to create one united front for offering Linux on Windows 8 PCs.
Italian researchers have developed a new bootkit capable of infecting the UEFI platform and hijacking the Windows 8 kernel. It's now easier to create such nasty things, the researchers say.
Canonical has revealed how it will offer a way for users to launch its Ubuntu Linux OS on Windows 8-base x86 PCs with Microsoft's rules for the Secure Boot system.
Microsoft's latest update to "Building Windows 8" describes the security aspects of the OS's UEFI support, of which concerns were raised recently.