Armoring the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI), from Standards to Open Source – Vincent Zimmer – BTS #6
This session will provide an overview of the history of host firmware, or BIOS, focusing on the arc of the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface. It will include the development of defenses like UEFI Secure Boot and the challenges in scaling assurance across a broad ecosystem. It will close on works-in-progress and opportunities to build upon the school-of-hard-knocks learnings in this space.
Vincent Zimmer is a senior principal engineer at Intel Corporation. He has been engaged as a firmware developer and architect for over 30 years. Vincent presently leads the UEFI Security sub team. Vincent has presented at industry events such as the Open Source Firmware Conference, Linux Fest Northwest, Intel Developer Forum, UEFI Plugfest, Open Compute Project Summit, BlackHat Las Vegas, BSides Seattle, Toorcamp, and Cansecwest. Vincent has also co-authored several papers, IETF RFC, white papers, and a half-dozen books on firmware, including “Building Secure Firmware.” Vincent is a co-inventor on over 1000 issued patents worldwide.