North Bay Linux Users’ Group

general meeting

(Backdoor) Free BIOSes with Libreboot

When: Tue September 08, 2015 07:30 PM to 09:00 PM

Speaker: Kyle Rankin

Location: O'Reilly Media

While Linux users have spent a lot of time using free software on their computers, usually that stops at the operating system. Being able to view and modify your source code not only gives you more freedom, it gives you more security, in particular from back doors. What’s good for the OS is good for the BIOS, which malware hackers, Lenovo, and state-sponsored attackers have all used to persist their exploits.

In this talk Kyle will cover Libreboot, a completely free software distribution of the open source Coreboot BIOS and discuss the current state of hardware support for Libreboot and how to install it, including a brief description of how to turn a Raspberry Pi into a flashrom BIOS-flashing platform.

Published Fri 04 September 2015 by Allan Cecil