North Bay Linux Users’ Group

general meeting

Tamper-evident boot with Heads

When: Tue April 10, 2018 07:30 PM to 09:00 PM

Speaker: Kyle Rankin

Location: O'Reilly Media

Having a trustworthy boot process is the foundation of the rest of your system’s security. If your BIOS, kernel, or initrd have been tampered with, an attacker can hide their backdoor from the rest of the system. This talk will discuss the security threats against the boot process and briefly cover some other approaches to protect against boot-time attacks but the talk will primarily focus on Heads, an open source project that provides tamper-evident boot. I will discuss how Heads works, how it differs from other secure boot approaches, and demonstrate how it protects against tampering.

Unless there are security concerns Allan Cecil will stream the talk at — see you there either in person or virtually!

Published Mon 09 April 2018 by Tom Most