Apple Mac computers block Linux OS for Cyber Security reasons

Apple Inc. which made a recent announcement about the security features in its newly devised Apple T2 Security Chips is reported to be blocking the Linux operating system from booting up of its devices.

As per the details available to Cybersecurity Insiders, Apple Macs are only allowing Microsoft Windows OS and their own MacOS to work well on their devices, completely ignoring the Linux booting capabilities.

Trade analysts say that Linux could be banned on Apple Macs from this year as the T2 chips are not allowing the said OS to be booted up even if the settings customization allows it to do so.

For now, Apple T2 security chips are allowing windows OS to bypass the UEFI Secure Boot Validation without the presence of Crypto keys signed by Apple. But this might not continue in future as Apple has raised concerns against the Microsoft Corporation UEFI CA of 2011.

Apple support says that users of Linux may try to boot the operating system by disabling ‘Secure Boot Security’ in full when booting to the Startup Security Utility in the macOS Recovery mode. All this process might then allow Linux to load on the device. But by default, the T2 chip when unwrapped from the box displays a default tactic of blocking the free and open source software from loading up.

So, until Apple decides to allow Linux on the newer Macs and on the older devices running on T2 Chips nothing much can be expected by those who love to work with the said OS on their Apple gadgets.

Naveen Goud
Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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