For almost three years, millions of servers and smaller devices running Linux have been vulnerable to attacks that allow an unprivileged app or user to gain nearly unfettered root access.
now it's out in the open...
linux geeks need to hide in shame for awhile. so much bragging, now so much harm may come.
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"a lot of people are better dead" - prisoner KSC2-303
That's nothing, take a look at this one ^^
These bugs are frequent for all OS, this one is a problem for all the unpatchable devices around.
But isn't this just another local privilege escalation exploit? It's nothing new on linux, but it's still only local. The only special thing seems to be that it also affects ARM. This is nothing like heartbleed.
Linux bugs like this get all over the news because, being open source, you can't hide them like some other OSes I could mention ....
Bugs in cryptography can just sit there hiding in plain sight for years. There's some extremely advanced math there involving math theory. Even if it's open source there aren't many people out there who can understand it.
FreeBSD had an exploit that allowed hackers to hack the PS4; be that as it may *nixes are still way more secure than Windows has ever been. At least with open source OSes code auditors can find the flaw, one can only begin to imagine how many backdoors Win 10 has.
I'll put up a hardened Linux server against a hardened Windows server any day of the week.