Remote buffer overflow bug bites Linux Kernel

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A remote buffer overflow vulnerability in the Linux Kernel could be exploited by attackers to execute code or cripple affected systems, according to a Gentoo bug report that just became public.

The flaw could allow malicious hackers to launch arbitrary code with kernel-level privileges. This could lead to complete system compromise or, in some cases if an exploit fails, result in denial-of-service attacks.

Secunia rates this a “moderately critical” vulnerability.

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