Microsoft Accidentally Leaks ‘Golden Keys’ That Unlock Secure Boot-Protected Windows Devices: Oops?

Microsoft accidentally leaked the “golden keys” that will allow hackers to unlock Windows-powered devices that are protected by Secure Boot, and the company is now scrambling to fix the blunder.

The Secure Boot feature is a part of Microsoft’s Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) firmware that makes sure that all components of the system boot process of a Windows device is signed and validated.

According to security researchers who go by the names Slipstream and MY123, with the keys, attackers will be able to run operating systems other than Windows on the devices such as Android or Linux.

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