Critical Linux vulnerability imperils users, even after silent fix

Posted by BernardSwiss on May 16, 2013 3:41 PM EDT
Ars Technica; By Dan Goodin
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For more than two years, the Linux operating system has contained a high-severity vulnerability that gives untrusted users with restricted accounts nearly unfettered "root" access over machines, including servers running in shared Web hosting facilities and other sensitive environments. Surprisingly, most users remain wide open even now, more than a month after maintainers of the open-source OS quietly released an update that patched the gaping hole.

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