internetnews.com: Linux Privilege Escalation Hole Detected

“For the second time in as many months, security researchers
have uncovered a privilege escalation security flaw in the Linux

“According to an advisory from computer security consultants
iSEC Security Research, the flaw was found in the Linux kernel
memory management code and is completely unrelated to a similar
vulnerability reported in February.

“The flaw carries a ‘critical’ rating and affects Linux versions
2.2 up to and including 2.2.25; it also impacts versions 2.4 up to
and including 2.4.24 as well as versions 2.6 up to and including

“‘Proper exploitation of this vulnerability leads to local
privilege escalation giving an attacker full super-user privileges.
The vulnerability may also lead to a denial-of-service attack on
the available system memory,’ iSEC warned…”


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