[arch-general] Instructions to mount efivars as readonly should be linked to in Beginner's Guide

Kyle Terrien kyleterrien at gmail.com
Mon Feb 1 23:07:33 UTC 2016

Maarten de Vries wrote:
> On 1 February 2016 at 23:29, Leonid Isaev <leonid.isaev at jila.colorado.edu>
> wrote:
>> Also, how can you brick a machine by simply zeroing the harddrive?
> You can't (well, someone can probably think of a contrived situation where
> you could, there's always someone, but generally speaking). The problem is
> with removing certain UEFI variables in buggy UEFI implementations (which
> are all too common). But in this case (with buggy UEFI implementation) a
> simple rm -rf of the wrong directory can brick your motherboard.
> -- Maarten

Interesting sidenote: In Android, all the system-level stuff is
segregated to /system, which is mounted as ro by default.  This is just
another layer of security.


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