"Linux vendors have begun releasing fixes for two critical
security bugs in a networking component that could allow a
denial-of-service attack or enable an attacker to take control of a
"The problem is with the Internet Systems Consortium's Dynamic
Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) 3 application, shipped with many
Linux and Unix operating system distributions as a tool for
transmitting configuration information across a network.
Researchers discovered two flaws in the application that could
allow a malicious user to crash systems running the DHCP Daemon,
and possibly also to execute code with the privileges of the daemon
process, which is typically root--the highest level of
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