windows binary for gnupg 1.4.11 // compilation instructions posted

Robert J. Hansen rjh at
Thu Sep 22 22:59:12 CEST 2011

On 9/22/2011 4:51 PM, vedaal at wrote:
> I know only very limited stuff about this, but I thought that this 
> was mainly to check that copies of windows were 'non-pirated', and 
> has come under some criticism that they might be able to exclude some
> from running linux OS's ...

That's kind of like thinking that integrated circuits exist to run
Windows.  Windows is just one particular thing you can do with ICs, the
same way that preventing end-users from installing their own operating
systems is one particular thing you can do with UEFI.

EFI was first developed by Intel for the Itanium processor/motherboards.
 Itanium was Intel's attempt at a clean break with the past, and not
just in terms of architecture but in terms of the boot process.  It was
discovered EFI could be very useful for non-Itanium systems, and so the
UEFI standard came about -- "Unified" EFI, which was able to support a
large variety of systems.

> My concern is, how vulnerable ... is it to run gnupg from a usb and
> an Ubuntu install disk, when booting bypasses the harddrive's mbr
> altogether, even considering known bios rootkit infections?

This one's impossible to answer.  Are you in an environment where BIOS
rootkits are common?  How do you know your answer to that question is
correct?  Etc., etc.

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