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PFSExtractor-RS: Rust port of PFSExtractor: extract contents of Dell BIOS update files in PFS format

Nikolaj is learning Rust. He just rewrote one C tool to Rust:

https://github.com/LongSoft/PFSExtractor-RS

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Dell Sputnik systems disable Secure Boot

“Dell ship their Sputnik systems with a pre-populated MokSB variable that disables Secure Boot, so this is working as intended on the Fedora side.”

https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=1544794

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Dell releases Redfish-based OpenUSM, has firmware-update feature

” OpenUSM – Let Docker Containers Manage Your Datacenter
OpenUSM is a suite of tools and utilities which configures and manage the lifecycle of system management. OpenUSM has a capability to perform the following functions:
* BIOS Token Change
* Firmware Update
[…]”

https://github.com/openusm/openusm

http://en.community.dell.com/techcenter/dell_emc_custom_solutions_engineering/b/blog/archive/2017/10/03/dell-emc_2c00_-redfish-and-docker-_3a00_-simplifying-modern-datacenter-management

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OEMs: publish your platform firmware hashes [using codehash.db]

Reminder to OEMs: publish the hashes of your platform firmware. Hopefully using codehash.db.

In below twitter thread, Joanna asked Dell support for hashes for their firmware. Eventually, Rick Martinez of Dell got involved, so this is a good example of a conversation on this topic by two who understand the issues.

http://en.community.dell.com/techcenter/extras/m/white_papers/20287278

It looks like Dell needs to use HTTPS:

https://github.com/rootkovska/codehash.db

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Dell seeks firmware architect

Platform Software Senior Principal Engineer/BIOS Architect (17000X39)

[…]You’ll apply skills and experience across the full cycle of software development (specification development and review, debug and validation) to enable features and capabilitiesof platforms in areas like UEFI drivers, thermal, power management, security, manageability, manufacturability, configurability and embedded controllers.
[…]
* Work with Industry forums for spec development like UEFI, DMTF, PCI Sig, ACPI, etc
* Ability to take ownership of overall UEFI platform design throughout the platform lifecycle
* 12+ years experience in BIOS / firmware SW development
* UEFI Programming expertise
* Low level programming capability -system/motherboard/device/chipset level
* Experience with analyzers and other HW tools to debug complex system SW issues
[…]

https://jobs.dell.com/job/-/-/375/5929831

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PFSExtractor: extractor for DellPFS firmware format

https://github.com/LongSoft/PFSExtractor

PFSExtractor v0.1.0 – extracts contents of Dell firmware update files in PFS format
Usage: PFSExtractor pfs_file.bin

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