Microsoft’s security failures

BIOS – Basic Input/Output System Integrity Check

First the BIOS (Basic Input/Output System) machine firmware is not checked by the the Windows operating system for unauthorised modifications. This is simple to do and just involves what is called a SHA512 hash checksum.

The basic Control Panel\System and Security\System page that states “View basic information about your computer” as it title has nothing about the BIOS at all. No date, version, or whether it is secure or not.

There should also be a simple way to update BIOS’es provided by the operating system which should come down to at the minimum a single update button press and maybe a payment.

Further levels of security for the BIOS are also possible…

Operating System Integrity Check

By using no more than booting off of a DVD or Pen Drive the integrity of an operating system can be checked. This would be done by a closed loop zero knowledge system over the internet.

By booting externally and having a secured checksummed BIOS the system can be assured to a high level to be secure and integral.

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