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eWeek: Researchers Find Serious Vulnerability in Linux Kernel

Dec 02, 2003, 02:28 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dennis Fisher)

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"Security professionals took note of a critical new vulnerability in the Linux kernel that could enable an attacker to gain root access to a vulnerable machine and take complete control of it. An unknown cracker recently used this weakness to compromise several of the Debian Project's servers, which led to the discovery of the new vulnerability.

"This discovery has broad implications for the Linux community. Because the flaw is in the Linux kernel itself, the problem affects virtually every distribution of the operating system and several vendors have confirmed that their products are vulnerable. The vulnerability is in all releases of the kernel from Version 2.4.0 through 2.5.69, but has been fixed in Releases 2.4.23-pre7 and 2.6.0-test6..."

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