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So is this a solid security feature or just gimmicky?
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Gimmick. It's only beneficial to Microsoft so they can prevent people from pirating with loaders. It serves nearly no benefit to the end user.
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Jake Edge says :
"Hardware-based secure boot mechanisms are clearly useful for some users. By determining that firmware, bootloaders, and operating systems are not compromised, these mechanisms can protect systems against rootkits and other low-level attacks. Typically, the way that is done is by cryptographically signing the binaries in question such that they can be verified before being run. But disallowing unsigned binaries from running has a potentially problematic side effect: booting free operating systems becomes difficult or, in the worst case, impossible. It all depends on who holds the signing keys. "
So if you have a laptop and cant disable secure boot in UEFI you can only install OS which support it. Mostly Windows 8 - 8.1, Linux dist must use Microsoft’s signing services witch cost 99$ Verisign (the Certificate Authority that Microsoft uses) . Don't ask about ARM (Surface) you simply can't.
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Lol at those "benefits". Considering how rare root kits are in the wild, let's be real here. It's entirely for anti piracy purposes.
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You have got it. thumb.gif
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