U-Boot and UEFI at Seattle Hardware Startups event

The January 2016 Seattle Hardware Startups event will be firmware focused, hosted by our local group, the Pacific NorthWest FirmWare Hackers (PNWFWH), topics will be on U-Boot and UEFI, Meetup announcement below. If you are in the Seattle area later this month, drop by!

Seattle Hardware Startup: Kirkland Edition @ Nytec

Thursday, Jan 28, 2016, 6:00 PM

Nytec Innovation Center
416 6th Street South Kirkland, WA

71 Members Went

Welcome to 2016!This month we are welcoming Pacific NorthWest FirmWare Hackers. PNWFHW meets randomly at various places, speaking on development and security topics of modern system firmware (UEFI, U-Boot, core boot, etc.). I am pleased to have them lead an event for us.Speakers: 1. The first speaker is Emergency Mexican (his DEF CON goon nym)….

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What: Seattle Hardware Startup: Kirkland Edition
When: Thursday, January 28, 2016, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Where: Nytec Innovation Center, 416 6th Street South, Kirkland, WA

This month we are welcoming Pacific NorthWest FirmWare Hackers. PNWFHW meets randomly at various places, speaking on development and security topics of modern system firmware (UEFI, U-Boot, core boot, etc.). I am pleased to have them lead an event for us.

Speakers:

1. The first speaker is Emergency Mexican (his DEF CON goon nym). He works at a local hardware startup working on ARM32 systems. He’ll be speaking on using building custom payloads with the U-Boot boot loader.

2. The second speaker is Vincent Zimmer, a senior principal engineer at Intel, working on UEFI. Vincent chairs the UEFI Forum network and security subteams. Vincent will talk about the latest updates in the UEFI specifications for security and networking. He’ll also discuss open source community updates.

Please RSVP early so we call the pizza man and make proper arrangements.

Adam
PS: Did you know that January 15th is Hardware Freedom Day?
http://www.hardwarefreedomday.org/main/about.html

VZ CanSecWest slides and July PNWFWH follow-up

In case you missed Vincent Zimmer of Intel speaking at CanSecWest  back in March 2015, it gives a good overview of UEFI security technologies.

“UEFI, Open Platforms and the Defender’s Dillema”
https://cansecwest.com/slides/2015/UEFI%20open%20platforms_Vincent.pptx

I am reminded of this talk, since we just got Vincent to reprise this talk today at BlackLodgeResearch.org, at the monthly DC206 Meeting, which was also the meeting of the Pacific NorthWest FirmWare Hackers (PNWFWH). Vincent was a guest speaker and spoke on UEFI security for a while, mostly QA w/o slides.

I also gave a talk, on UEFI security tools (CHIPSEC, UEFItool, UEFI Firmware Parser, BIOS Diff, BIOS Extract, LUV-live, FWTS, etc.). I’ll cleanup the slides and post them on this blog shortly. Our scheduled lab was a bit flat, due to 2x the presentations, and a BLR-hosted BBQ, and the interest in listening to the QA with Vincent, and the miserable heat. But some of the attendees had already gotten LUV-live working on their systems, and had learned to dump ROMs, which is the first step.

Vincent also helped me understand the UEFI 2.5 feature list, I’ll be working on more blog posts with spec/source and other info on these ~63 items in some upcoming blog posts.