My laptop came with 14.04 (Trusty Tahr) LTS. Since then, I have made no significant changes, and I have been applying updates whenever I was notified of them.
As you can see it:
- says "Configuring Secure Boot" in large lettering
- has a "Disable UEFI Secure Boot?" tick-box (check-box)
- has a "Help" button
- has a "Forward" button
I have never seen this before. I clicked on the "Help" button prior to taking the screenshot, which brought up the 3rd pop-up that you can see.
Help pop-up text
Just in case anyone searches by any of these phrases …
Your system has UEFI Secure Boot enabled. UEFI Secure Boot is not compatible with the use of third-party drivers. The system will assist you in disabling UEFI Secure Boot. To ensure that this change is being made by you as an authorized user, and not by an attacker, you must choose a password now and then use the same password after reboot to confirm the change. If you choose to proceed but do not confirm the password upon reboot, Ubuntu will still be able to boot on your system but these third-party drivers will not be available for your hardware.
If I remember correctly, …
- After a while I agreed to "Disable UEFI Secure Boot", and clicked the "Forward" button.
- This took me directly to a window where I set up a password (entering it twice).
- The update process finished in the normal manner, with a pop-up asking me when to restart.
- I restarted soon after.
- During the boot process, there was a blue screen saying something like "press any key to configure mok".
- I pressed a key.
- Instead of being asked to provide the password I had set up 5 minutes earlier, as I had been expecting, the laptop just quickly booted up in the normal way.
- I logged in to Ubuntu as normal.
- The Wi-Fi adapter wasn’t working.
- I couldn't start VirtualBox VMs. The error was "Kernel driver not installed".
- Various other problems.
- I tried restarting again, more than once, but I never saw that blue "configure mok" screen again.
- I noted that my current kernel was 3.19.0-65
- So I restarted and used grub to select 3.19.0-64
- Everything was working fine again.
My Research Notes
Note01 – I looked in my BIOS settings (for the first time on this laptop). Secure Boot appears to be enabled. If "Debconf" had been successful in disabling UEFI Secure Boot, would that have been reflected in the BIOS settings?
Note02 – My laptop is a Dell XPS 13, and other people are reporting problems with 3.19.0-65 on Dell hardware.
Note03 – The update instructions for USN-3037-1 say to upgrade to 3.19.0-65. The final paragraph is:
ATTENTION: Due to an unavoidable ABI change the kernel updates have
been given a new version number, which requires you to recompile and
reinstall all third party kernel modules you might have installed.
Unless you manually uninstalled the standard kernel metapackages
(e.g. linux-generic, linux-generic-lts-RELEASE, linux-virtual,
linux-powerpc), a standard system upgrade will automatically perform
this as well.
(I am just a user and I don't really understand this. Don't we always get a new version number? And don't we always have to recompile & reinstall – a process managed by DKMS or something?)
Note04 – The changelog for 3.19.0-65.73 has lots of UEFI issues, including changes affecting
Note06 – It seems that someone who is on the
trusty linux-lts-wily LTS enablement stack (kernel version 4.2) may have got the same pop-ups, the day before me, but without encountering any subsequent problems.
Note07 – There is an answer from April 2016 which says:
In Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu starts to enforce secure boot to the kernel level. Before 16.04, Ubuntu does not really enforce you to use signed kernel and signed kernel modules, even you have secure boot turned on.
Could it be that now, in July 2016, Ubuntu has introduced new Secure Boot requirements to 14.04 LTS? If not, what is the problem I'm having with 3.19.0-65? And either way, what should I (and the other people having problems) do about it?