Aditya Balapure

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One of the first initiatives for secure booting has been the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) Initiative. This is a superior replacement of the Basic Input Output System (BIOS) and a secure interface between the operating system and the hardware firmware. The UEFI Initiative was a joint effort by many companies to minimize the risks of BIOS attacks from malware that may compromise the system. It was started by Intel and termed as Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) for its Itanium-based systems since BIOS lacked the inherent capability to secure vulnerable firmware. One of the aforementioned BIOS attacks was the Mebromi rootkit, a class of malware that focused on planting itself in the BIOS. Similar to the BIOS, the UEFI is the first program in the booting process and is installed during the manufacturing process of the hardware. UEFI has the inbuilt cap... (more)