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Linux gets fix for code-execution flaw that was undetected since 2009


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#1 NickAu

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Posted 12 May 2014 - 07:51 PM

 

Maintainers of the Linux kernel have patched one of the more serious security bugs to be disclosed in the open source operating system in recent months. The five-year-old code-execution hole leaves computers used in shared Web hosting services particularly vulnerable, so users and administrators should make sure systems are running updated versions that contain a fix.

http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/05/linux-gets-fix-for-code-execution-flaw-that-went-unpatched-since-2009/



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Posted 17 May 2014 - 01:20 PM

Glad to hear that, I wasn't aware that the flaw existed.

 

If I understand the article correctly, it didn't affect home users, mainly servers were the target. Still, many businesses, corporations & governments runs Linux servers for day to day operations. Chances are, when one makes an online transaction, it's through a Linux based server, which in general are safer than Windows ones & less costly to maintain.

 

However, the bottom line is, there's no such thing as a "safe" expolit. Kudos to the one(s) who found & corrected it.

 

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