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Grub UEFI Settings Entry Adder

Grub UEFI Settings Entry Adder

The following repository adds a grub bootloader entry to boot into your UEFI/BIOS firmware settings. The underlying grub entry script (uefi-firmware) is a trimmed down version of this[1] script distributed by jsherz.com. The conditions have been removed as they no longer apply to recent linux versions. It shall be noted that I have NOT replaced the conditions, but rather removed them, hence I should remind you that the grub entry may not function on every device, depending on it’s linux setup, version and the hardware.

 

https://github.com/CTXz/grub-uefi-settings-entry

[1] https://jsherz.com/centos/grub/grub2/bios/uefi/boot/2015/11/21/centos-uefi-firmware-option.html

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Alex at Black Hat: Where the Guardians of the BIOS Are Failing

Black Hat Vegas: Where the Guardians of the BIOS Are Failing
By Alex Matrosov
In our upcoming Black Hat Vegas talk, we will summarize our research about the UEFI firmware protections and our newly-discovered security problems. This talk raises awareness of these security challenges for hardware vendors, BIOS-level security researchers and defenders, and sophisticated stakeholders who want to know the current state of UEFI exposure and threats. The situation is serious but, with the right tools and knowledge, we can prevail.[…]

https://www.blackhat.com/us-17/briefings.html#betraying-the-bios-where-the-guardians-of-the-bios-are-failing

https://www.cylance.com/en_us/blog/black-hat-vegas-where-the-guardians-of-the-bios-are-failing.html

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Setting up Mac for EFI development

Setup EFI Development environment on Mac OSX Sierra (10.12.X)

Mikal Villa Mikal Villa • 07/10/2017

Oh no! a lot of text. Well, luckly half of the post is troubleshooting. EFI development setup is easy 🙂

Okay, before starting this guide you should have some tools installed already.[…]

https://0xcc.re/setup-efi-development-environment-on-mac-osx-sierra-10-12-x/

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ShellDynListProtocol: shows UEFI protocols grouped by handles

Peter Kirmeier wrote a new UEFI shell utility called ShellDynListProtocol.

UEFI EDKII Dynamic Shell Extension List Protocols

UEFI EDKII Shell command that prints all available protocols grouped by their registered handles.

https://github.com/topeterk/ShellDynListProtocols

PS: Peter also has a C# tool called IfrViewer, a Viewer for UEFI IFR structures:

https://github.com/topeterk/IfrViewer

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UEFI-based IoT firmware updates

Simplify Secure, UEFI-Based IoT Firmware Updates
Rich Nass

In the age of the Internet of Things (IoT), where everything is becoming connected, each connection point can be viewed as a “Hack This” sign for the bad guys. To prevent this, developers need to be sure that all firmware and associated patches are kept up to date with verified and secure revision control. Any unpatched or outdated firmware can allow access to critical system functions. Unfortunately, this need to keep firmware updated often goes overlooked by the development team after a product has shipped. In many cases this is due to the resources required and complexities involved. But what if the whole process of updating and securing firmware remotely or over the air (OTA) could be standardized and encapsulated within an easy-to-use, reliable solution that works seamlessly with your underlying hardware? It turns out that such a solution is already in hand.[…]

http://www.insight.tech/industrial/simplify-secure-uefi-based-iot-firmware-updates

http://www.insight.tech/authors/rich-nass

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Nikolaj on recent UEFI/ACPI spec updates

[[[UPDATE:
William’s blog post on Nikolaj’s comments are more readable than below post:
http://www.basicinputoutput.com/2017/07/uefi-27-courtesy-of-nikolaj.html
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Nikolaj has over a dozen tweets showcasing the interesting new features in the latest UEFI and ACPI specs. Click on the above Twitter URL to see the full set.

 

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