This Insane Flaw in Linux Gives Anyone Root Access To Your Box


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Android phones, and Linux desktops and servers all share a common ancestry. They’re all based on a common kernel, and share common utilities and components. Whenever a security vulnerability is found in these areas, the contagion is massive, and hundreds of millions of computers and mobile devices will inevitably be affected. A recently discovered vulnerability (CVE-2016-0728) in the Linux kernel is an astonishing example of this. It takes advantage of a flaw in the OS keyring, and would allow any unprivileged attacker or user to gain root access to the system in question. Here’s how it works, and what you…

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