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MSI motherboards, from both Intel and AMD, have been vulnerable due to a broken Secure Boot firmware setting issue. The bug would allow potentially malicious files to boot into an affected system.
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A Microsoft employee published a guide today which explains how one can configure a Windows 11 VM. The idea occurred to them when Windows 11's system requirements stopped them in their tracks.
The extended support updates (ESU) on Windows 7 ends today. Interestingly and rather bizarrely, Microsoft enabled native UEFI and Secure Boot. However, the new feature support is not without flaws.
Oracle has finally released a major update for its virtualization software. VirtualBox 7 is now available for download on all supported platforms, and it brings SecureBoot, TPM 2.0 support, and more.
Reference for the Windows 11 requirements like TPM 2.0 and Secure Boot have been found for the first time within Windows 10. Back when these requirements were announced, many were left unamused.
The latest Dev channel release for Windows 11 Insiders, build 25188, was released today. Under the hood, the company has updated the Security Core boot driver which may have enhanced the security.
With Patch Tuesday recently, Microsoft released the KB5012170 update which adds new vulnerable UEFI signatures to the Secure Boot DBX. The newly added signatures are related to the GRUB vulnerability.
Certain Windows PCs with Gigabyte and Asus motherboards have been found to be infected with a new "CosmicStrand" UEFI rootkit. The malware is an evolution of an older rootkit dubbed "Spy Shadow".
Back at CES, Lenovo launched its ThinkPad Z series with Microsoft Pluton powered by Ryzen 6000. However, these new notebooks refuse to run non-Windows OS, like Linux, without firmware tweak.
The Windows 11 22H2 (Sun Valley 2) RTM build 22621 has resurrected an old bug whereupon a system gets a "hardware security not supported" message even on PCs that meet the necessary requirements.
During its Windows 11 Insider Webcast presentation today, a Microsoft employee was spotted running an Intel seventh generation Core processor even though these CPUs are not officially supported.
Microsoft has released a new Windows 11 Release Preview Channel build 22000.651 under KB5012643. The new release brings several fixes and improvements including some related to TPM and Secure Boot.
A new Windows 10 21H2 build has been released to Insiders on the Release Preview channel. The new build, 19044.1679, brings several changes and improvements like a Secure Boot improvement and more.
Rufus 3.18 beta version fixes an ISO to ESP issue. But more importantly, the version brings the "Extended" option that will now help bypass Windows 11 requirements for in-place upgrades too.
After the recent leak of some Windows 11 features, we have today a fresh set of leaks that reveal more features like Taskbar overflow flyout, and a new reminder for users that run unsupported PCs.
Windows 11 requirements can be checked using the PC Health Check app that Microsoft released. However, it seems the app is misidentifying a hyper-threaded Pentium 4 as a CPU officially supported.
After explaining why features like TPM 2.0, VBS, Secure Boot, among other things, are so important for user security on Windows 11, Microsoft also demoed mock hacker attacks on such vulnerable PCs.
According to a report from 3DMark creator UL Benchmarks, Microsoft's VBS feature can incur a noticeable performance hit on Windows 11 PCs. Testing shows varying results between Beta and Dev builds.
A GitHub dev has updated its Universal MediaCreationTool for Windows which now supports Windows 11. Interestingly, the new update skips TPM and system requirements checks on Windows 11.
Microsoft claims that it has plenty of changes under the hood in upcoming Windows 11. It has explained how the next-gen OS has been developed to get the best out of available hardware resources.
Microsoft has provided guidance on how your organization should secure your Windows 365 Cloud PCs, across both Enterprise and Business offerings. However, Trusted Launch is not yet available.
Canonical has announced Ubuntu Core 20. The new release is a stripped back version of Ubuntu 20.04 LTS that's aimed at IoT devices and embedded systems. It includes several new security features.
A newly discovered flaw in Secure Boot affects almost all Linux distros and Windows devices that leverage the UEFI boot tech. If the flow is exploited, attackers can gain full control of the system.
The Tails project has released Tails 4.5. This new version patches two actively exploited zero-day vulnerabilities in the Tor Browser and brings support for booting on Secure Boot-enabled computers.
Documentation for the Apple T2 Security Chip, a component found in the new Mac Mini among other devices, reveals that Linux will not be able to be installed due to certificate incompatibility.
The hackers that discovered a security flaw in Windows which allows attackers to bypass Secure Boot, are warning that Microsoft's current fixes are untenable and that the flaw might never get patched.
Microsoft's Surface RT isn't supported by its latest operating system - but a developer says he's exploiting a Secure Boot flaw on the tablet to port Windows 10 Mobile to the device.
Several users are reporting that they are seeing the 'Blue Screen of Death' on their devices running the Windows 10 Insider Preview build 10565, but a Microsoft engineer has suggested a temporary fix.
Microsoft has shifted responsibility to OEMs to decide whether to implement Secure Boot on new PCs, allowing them to lock out Linux and other alternative operating systems.
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.