[clug] can upgrading ubuntu kill your bios?

Andrew Donnellan andrew at donnellan.id.au
Mon Jan 21 08:13:13 UTC 2019

On Mon, 21 Jan 2019 at 18:53, Bob Edwards via linux <linux at lists.samba.org>

> I have a colleague who recently upgraded his Dell XPS13 laptop from
> Ubuntu 18.04 to 18.10 and, as part of the process, it seemed to
> attempt to update the BIOS.
> I have never heard of a Linux distro, let alone Ubuntu, wanting to
> update the BIOS. Further, if this was thing, I would have expected
> it to ask first, possibly more than once.
> Something apparently went wrong during the BIOS flashing and now the
> laptop is a brick.
> I have looked around on the web, but I can't see any evidence that
> Ubuntu would pre-emptively update the BIOS during an O/S upgrade.
> Is this a thing, or has the laptop been infected with some sort of
> malware?

BIOS is dead, long live UEFI!

Possibly something LVFS/fwupd related? https://fwupd.org/


> cheers,
> Bob Edwards.
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Andrew Donnellan
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