[MacOS] Psystar’s RebelEFI Compromised

We recently wrote about RebelEFI, the latest development by the notorious Apple Clone manufacturer Psystar. Now after the scandals with the EFI-X modules, people were wondering if RebelEFI might also be based on OSX86 community achievements. The russian OSX86 TeaTeam has analysed, unpacked, and decrypted the downloadable RebelEFI.iso.

Asfar as the automatic translation of the russian article allows to understand, RebelEFI seems to partly contain kernel extensions that are covered by the APSL,  a bootloader that seems to be derived from boot 132, and the lspci hardware information tool.

Our comment

Psystar has contributed to the OSX86 scene in the past by releasing helpful kexts that are nowadays contained in almost any scene prepared PreBoot disk (like OpenHaltRestart.kext). This is basically a good thing.

Anyway it seems they are now going the same way of repacking community based achievements and putting what they call premium support to it. As they did not release source code of the used program parts, people from the OSX86 are rightly upset. Psystar that is the wrong path you’re taking. Don’t become a second EFI-X.

Articles found via netkas.org

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