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NIST seeks comments on PC BIOS protection draft report

08/27, 6:20pm

BIOS or UEFI attacks could render a system completely unusable

The US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released a report offering advice to PC manufacturers on how they can assist the public good by protecting the BIOS used on servers. The report is a draft, and comments can be left with the agency until September 14, 2012. The report follows a similar report urging improvements in laptop and desktop workstations from 2011, in the wake of the Mebromi BIOS-altering malware.

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Windows 8 to go into BIOS automatically if issues detected

05/23, 1:20pm

Boot menu redesign due to promised fast boot times

Windows 8 will have an improved pre-boot menu screen, to avoid constant reboots and stop the user from repeatedly tapping F8 or another key to interrupt the process before Windows loads. An MSDN blog post by Microsoft's Windows engineering team explains in detail how the system will work if the BIOS is needed due to a problem, and how to get to the same screen when there isn't an issue.

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