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Linux vendors rush to patch privilege escalation flaw after root exploits emerge

Jan 25, 2012, 17:00 (4 Talkback[s])

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Linux vendors are rushing to patch a privilege escalation vulnerability in the Linux kernel that can be exploited by local attackers to gain root access on the system.

The vulnerability, which is identified as CVE-2012-0056, was discovered by Jüri Aedla and is caused by a failure of the Linux kernel to properly restrict access to the "/proc//mem" file.

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