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Wi-Fi Bug Found in Linux

Apr 16, 2007, 12:45 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Peter Judge)

"A bug has been found in a major Linux Wi-Fi driver that can allow an attacker to take control of a laptop--even when it is not on a Wi-Fi network.

"There have not been many Linux Wi-Fi device drivers, and this is apparently the first remotely executable Wi-Fi bug. It affects the widely used MadWi-Fi Linux kernel device driver for Atheros-based Wi-Fi chipsets, according to Laurent Butti, a researcher from France Telecom Orange, who found the flaw and released the information in a presentation at last month's Black Hat conference in Amsterdam..."

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