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Trusted Computing Locks Out Uncertified Drivers

Boing Boing reports that Microsoft has decided to make it a requirement for all drivers used in 64-bit versions of Windows Vista and Longhorn Server to be certified before the operating system will let them load.

Considering that there is plenty of old hardware out there, and plenty of hardware companies that no longer exist, does Microsoft have a plan for unilaterally certifying those old drivers to avoid problems for users, or are they so concerned that all hardware be locked down to assist DRM?

From eWeek:

Starting with Windows Vista and Windows Server (Longhorn), kernel-mode software must have a digital signature to load on x64-based computer systems.

The decision to block unsigned drivers from loading is a direct attempt to restrict the spread of powerful rootkits that intercept the native API in kernel-mode and directly manipulate Windows data structures.

“By requiring digital signatures on all kernel mode software running Windows Vista on x64-based computer systems, this allows the administrator or end user who is installing Windows-based software to know whether a legitimate publisher has provided the software package helping limit the impact of kernel malware on customers’ systems,” she said.

I guess Microsoft expects that if you have a 64-bit system, you had better have advanced hardware in the entire system.

January 29th, 2006 Posted by | General, Longhorn, Vista, Windows | no comments

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