Comment JC3B Re: FFS


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FFS (Score: 0)

by Anonymous Coward on 2015-08-24 12:33 (#J9RT)

Can we go back to the days when the only way to modify the BIOS was pre-boot?!? Who ever thought that allowing an OS to modify the BIOS was ever a good idea?

Re: FFS (Score: 1)

by on 2015-08-24 13:12 (#J9VS)

Credit goes too, to groups like Intel, who have steadily increased the 'power' and 'utility' of the BIOS to the point where it is now a fun attack vector. All this 'management code' and such - I can't be specific because I scarecely understand it, myself - is frightening.

BIOS should check the hardware, hand things off to the boot loader, and then "peace out." Make any code complicated enough and begins to become a target; I think that's exactly what we've got here.

Re: FFS (Score: 1)

by on 2015-08-24 19:15 (#JAZD)

Well, ok, how do you then update the "bios"?

Re: FFS (Score: 1)

by on 2015-08-25 04:27 (#JC3B)

You have a point. But my ignorant response would be, "why would you ever need to update the BIOS on a machine when its role is reduced to something so simple?"

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