Critical Linux Kernel Bug Discovered


Privilege escalation issue could affect millions of Linux systems

Security researchers at Perception Point Software have identified a 0-day privilege escalation vulnerability in the Linux kernel. According to the report, the problem has existed since 2012. The report states that the vulnerability “could affect tens of millions of Linux PCs and servers and 66 percent of all Android devices.”

The problem, which has the CVE number CVE-2016-0728, is related to the keyring facility in the Linux kernel, which is “... a primary way for drivers to cache security data, authentication keys, encryption keys, and other data in the kernel.”

All Linux users are urged to install the necessary patches as they become available. Refer to the security bulletin for your Linux distro. For more information, see the full report at the Perception Point website.


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